UPDATE, 5:05: Voting 109-49-3, the House has overriden Jay Nixon’s veto of a controversial gun bill. The bill now goes to the Senate for an override attempt.
In a major victory for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, the House has refused to override his veto of HB 253, a major tax cut measure.
(Read Jason Hancock’s full story here.)
UPDATE, 3:47: “Missourians are fiscally conservative folks who want good jobs in their communities and quality schools for their kids. Over the past several months they have fought to defend those bedrock principles from being undermined by a reckless experiment — and today, they won.
“I applaud the legislators from both parties who came together to sustain my veto of this fiscally irresponsible bill, which would have defunded our schools and weakened our economy. Today’s vote represents a defining moment for our state and a victory for all Missourians.” — Nixon, in a statement
There were 94 votes to override, far short of the 109 votes needed.
Nixon has spent much of the summer campaigning against the tax cut measure, which he said would cost the state $700 million annually.
Supporters said the tax cuts were needed to help Missouri compete with other low-tax states, including Kansas.
There are 109 Republicans in the Missouri House, just enough for an override of the veto. Some Republicans, though, said they supported the governor’s decision.
UPDATE 3:07: “While I am disappointed that we could not override the governor’s veto on such a key economic development bill, I accept that it often takes several years for such high visibility bills to become law. I am extremely pleased that we opened the discussion on tax policy more than we have in decades.” — Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit
UPDATE 2:50: “Missourians statewide communicated with their legislators and asked them to protect education and critical services throughout Missouri, and they will remember those legislators who listened.” — Coalition for Missouri’s Future
More reaction as it becomes available.
UPDATE, 2:22: Voting is now underway on HB 253, the tax cut bill.
The Missouri legislature has voted to override one of Gov. Jay Nixon’s line-item vetoes, HB 19. The bill calls for spending $1,000,000 for reconstruction of the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center in Eolia, Mo., near St. Louis.
The House is now debating the override of the big kahuna, HB 253, the tax cut bill.
More here as we get it.