Posted: May 21, 2014 8:28 PM by Brendan Cullerton, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: May 21, 2014 10:14 PM
COLUMBIA - The Coalition for Missouri's Future told KOMU 8 News Wednesday it is considering using a voter referendum to override a series of tax cuts passed by Missouri's Republican-led legislature.
The tax cuts would cost the state a total of $620 million if not repealed. Pro-education groups estimate that could mean cuts of $223 million to state education funding.
"These tax cuts would dramatically reduce the amount of money we could spend on education in the state," Missouri School Board Association spokesperson Brent Ghan said. "We wonder why we can afford tax cuts like this one when we can't meet our state obligations to fund education as it is."
The tax cut would reduce the state's top income tax bracket from 6 percent to 5.5 percent over the course of five years, beginning in 2017. It would also allow a 25 percent business income tax deduction and raise the personal income tax exemption by $500 for taxpayers making less than $20,000. Supporters of the tax cuts say the government should better use the funds they already have, rather than repeal the cuts.
"I think lower income taxes are a good idea for everyday Americans, the blue collar," Missouri taxpayer Joshua Brinkley said. "If income taxes were lower, workers might be able to pay them once in a while, instead of getting half their paycheck taken away."
The group faces an uphill battle on using a referendum to repeal the already-passed cuts. It would need to corral signatures from five percent of six out of Missouri's eight Congressional districts. The Kansas City Star reported that would mean about 100,000 signatures over the course of 90 days. The last successful voter override of the Missouri General Assembly was in 1982.
Posted 7:52 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department is investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Investigators said the incident was reported at 5:07 p.m. Monday at 728 Grand Street.
Detective Dal Hedges said the man was taken to Fulton Medical Center initally but did not (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/30/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
CENTRALIA - The City of Centralia is hoping expanding its electrical system will help bring growth to more parts of town.
Boring for the first of three new underground electrical conduits began Monday. The conduits will run under the two rail lines in the city and widen (More)
Posted 5:36 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press and Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.
The temporary restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is set to (More)
Posted 4:38 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri higher education leaders have dropped plans for a potential 2016 ballot measure that would have raised taxes on cigarettes to fund college scholarships.
Supporters of the "Missouri Promise" initiative announced their decision (More)
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Posted 3:56 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
FLORISSANT (AP) — A St. Louis County man is now charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the Thanksgiving night accident that killed a 6-year-old girl.
Six-year-old Dezirae Thayer was in a relative's car that stalled on a Florissant road Thursday night and was (More)
Posted 3:53 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 13-year-old boy is dead after being shot in north St. Louis while he and two other minors were allegedly stealing from a vehicle.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened about 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Police say Martinez Smith-Payne and (More)
Posted 3:51 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY(AP) — A petition drive in Kansas City is seeking to overturn restrictions on electronic cigarette use in enclosed public areas.
The Kansas City Star reports the Kansas City Council voted Nov. 19 to support three ordinances restricting tobacco and e-cigarette (More)
Posted 3:12 PM 11/30/2015 by Jenna Baker, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Two local small businesses said they faired well this Thanksgiving shopping weekend despite in-store sales on Black Friday dropping drastically.
ShopperTrak, a retail researcher, reported in-store sales on Thanksgiving declined from more than $2 billion in 2014 to (More)
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Posted 2:48 PM 11/30/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County Circuit Court sentenced Cody Baker Monday to 30 years in prison.
Baker was convicted in September for second-degree murder for the 2014 death of his girlfriend's 8-month-old daughter.
During the trial, Prosecutor Dan Knight (More)