Missouri GOP Success in Eye of Beholder
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's Republican legislative leaders are declaring success in their recently concluded session.
But whether their actions translate into true policy success may depend upon the decisions of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
Republicans this year passed several priorities that could potentially be the target of vetoes. Those include an income tax cut projected to eventually reduce state revenues by $700 million, a measure attempting to nullify federal gun regulations and new restrictions on labor unions.
Nixon already has indicated that he likely will veto the tax cut. He has cited "legal issues" with the gun measure. And Nixon has received strong financial support from public sector unions, which don't like the bill changing how they deduct members' dues.