The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 9, 2013

Missouri lawmakers open 2013 with plans for tax cuts

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Legislature convened its 2013 session today with the largest contingent of Republican lawmakers since the Civil War era pledging to cut taxes for residents and revamp the state’s business incentives to boost the economy.

“We’ll move forward on job creation, whatever the cost,” Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, sid today.

Republicans control 24 of the 34 Senate seats and 109 of the 163 House seats with two vacancies. Those supermajorities provide just enough votes for Republicans to override vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, if all the GOP lawmakers stick together.

Nixon wants lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage for lower-income adults, as envisioned by President Barack Obama’s health care law. But Republican legislative leaders restated their reluctance to do so, citing fears about the potential long-term costs.