Tax breaks, budget key focuses of historic veto session

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago September 09, 2014 Sep 9, 2014 Tuesday, September 09 2014 Tuesday, September 09, 2014 1:50:00 PM CDT in News
By: Michael Doudna, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers from both parties meet Tuesday night in preparation for a historic veto session beginning Wednesday.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a record number of items this year. He scrapped 33 bills outright and subjected more than 120 other provisions to line-item vetoes.

Last year, Missouri lawmakers overrode 10 of Nixon's vetoes, making Nixon the most overridden governor in modern state history.

It takes a two-thirds vote in both chambers to override a veto and, because of special elections this August, Republicans hold a veto-proof majority in both the House and the Senate.

A large portion of the vetoes centered on tax breaks and provisions in the Missouri budget.

Nixon vetoed bills that would have provided more than $700 million in tax breaks, saying they were giving breaks to special interest groups.

Rep, Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, disagrees.

"The biggest motivation behind at least half of these bills was really incompetence from the department of revenue," he said, "and at the end of the day that falls back on the governor, it's his department."

Still, Rowden acknowledges some of the sales tax legislation could use some work.

He is not the only Republican saying the bill is not good enough to be passed.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R- Jefferson City, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that eight of the vetoed bills have devastating draft errors which would cost the state revenue without promoting economic growth.

One of the largest tax break bills would give sales tax-exempt status to machinery, electricity and other supplies at data storage centers. However Nixon considered the wording too broad.

Despite the supermajority in both chambers, some lawmakers are doubtful that any of the sales tax vetoes will be overridden.

Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, said he believes only three of the sales tax vetoes have a chance to be overridden, and they would likely be the smallest three.

Rowden isn't even that optimistic.

"I'd be surprised at this point whether most, or any, of those sales tax bills are overridden," he said.

Nixon vetoed more than $250 million from the $26.4 billion budget using line item vetoes in areas such as education, transportation, public safety and corrections. He said such action was necessary to compensate for any tax break bills that were passed.

Kelly said the record number of vetoes come from Nixon's constitutional responsibility to balance the budget.

With Republicans holding veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate, Republicans could override any veto if votes fall along party lines. This may be the case with highly partisan issues such as a gun bill, permitting teachers to carry concealed weapons and lengthening mandatory wait times for abortions.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The fourth annual CoMoGives Campaign has some lofty goals for the 2016 holiday season, hoping to raise more... More >>
4 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 2:19:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police grew furry faces during a No Shave November fundraiser to benefit a local children's home. ... More >>
4 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:59:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A single-car crash left one woman dead on Interstate 70 near Highway 40 and the Midway Travel Center... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:53:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A fatal shooting on Interstate 55 in south St. Louis has forced closure of all southbound... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:35:24 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area businessman and three other men will have a hearing Tuesday in federal court... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:24:17 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers arrested Edward Rosson Sunday night after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend while holding a machete... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:01:00 PM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A Missouri man is jailed on $500,000 cash bond after being accused of telling co-workers he was... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:58:25 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and involuntary manslaughter in a... More >>
6 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:32:13 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — We are fast-approaching the end of the holiday season and that time of year when some of us... More >>
6 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:09:00 PM CST in News
WAYNESVILLE — Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long will advise detectives investigating a discovery of an adolescent's remains to close the... More >>
7 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:47:16 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around... More >>
7 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:10:26 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri System will launch a nationwide search for a new chancellor of the system's flagship... More >>
8 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:50:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Over 70 high school students competed Monday at The Missouri Bar's annual "We the People" and "Show Me... More >>
8 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:48:00 AM CST in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Residents of Ferguson are getting an update on reforms to the suburban St. Louis city's policing and... More >>
8 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:44:38 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Several businesses around Columbia have been recognized by the state of Missouri as designated warming centers. Warming... More >>
11 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:44:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A project to replace existing water lines in the Gregory Heights neighborhood is set to begin Monday. ... More >>
11 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:31:00 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Police are investigating the killing of a 23-year-old man in Independence. The Kansas City Star reports... More >>
11 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:25:06 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — John Alspaugh and his family own the Hinkson Creek Farm, including its very popular Christmas tree patch of... More >>
17 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:23:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 39°
7pm 38°
8pm 37°
9pm 37°
10pm 38°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Timeless
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Supergirl

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Timeless
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Supergirl
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld