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Nixon, Perry Spar Over Income Taxes

Posted: Aug 29, 2013 11:36 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Sep 1, 2013 4:00 PM

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ST. LOUIS - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is sparring over jobs and taxes with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Gov. Perry warns that unless Missouri lawmakers override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut, he won't be the only governor trying to lure business from Missouri.

Perry spoke Thursday evening at a pro-tax cut rally in Chesterfield after spending the day in the St. Louis area pushing for the override of Nixon's veto of House Bill 253. Nixon says the tax cut would imperil critical services like education.

Perry told several hundred people in an event tent set up in a hotel parking lot that Kansas and other neighboring states are watching Missouri's decision on the tax cut. Perry has been featured in recent ads airing in Missouri that try to convince Show-Me state businesses to move to his state.

Nixon countered Perry's boasting about the Texas economy by announcing a $3 million expansion of an auto part manufacturer in Troy that is expected to create 35 jobs. Nixon also defended his veto of the income tax cut by noting that the bill contains provisions that would impose sales taxes on prescription drugs and textbooks.

Missouri lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to decide whether to override Nixon's veto.

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