Distancing his plan from the Kansas experiment, Greitens describes his tax proposal as a “Missouri-responsible plan,” that won’t add debt or negatively affecting the state’s bottom line. The plan proposes lowering income taxes for 97% of Missourians.
While some business leaders expressed optimism at the lower corporate rates, Republican lawmakers across the state are skeptical. Ron Richard (R-Joplin), the Senate President Pro Tem, told the Kansas City Star, “I think it raises taxes.” Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla), chair of the Senate appropriations committee, echoed Richard’s and other lawmakers’ opinions that there are already too many other funding shortfalls to implement such an ambitious tax plan. https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article198067229.html
For more Missouri budget news and proposed legislation, see the Missouri Budget Project at www.mobudget.org.
Missouri Senators vs. Greitens’ State Appointees
Echoing last year’s school board appointments, the two branches continued to spar over state agency appointments. The most recent run-in involved three appointments to the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC).
Last November, Greitens and his appointees eliminated state funding for the low-income housing credit. The vote came within two hours of the governor announcing the appointments. Several lawmakers and Republican Treasurer Eric Schmitt argued to keep the tax credit until a study could determine how its elimination would affect low-income housing development, particularly in light of recent federal tax changes.
This week, Senators debated the appointees’ qualifications until late Wednesday evening, but returned to the chamber Thursday morning to learn the appointments had been withdrawn.
That left outstanding questions for the Senators: a) does the withdrawal permanently ban the appointees from serving the Commission and b) will Greitens reappoint them, as he did with the school board?