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Missouri Chamber board member resigns over tax-bill fight, Perry visit

Updated: 2013-09-12T21:58:25Z


The Kansas City Star

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s recent foray into Missouri is still stirring up controversy.

Branson businessman Peter Herschend last week resigned from the Missouri Chamber board, saying he disagreed with the group’s support for Perry’s visit to the state.

“Bottom line: the Chamber has aligned with Governor Perry whose paid advertising states his intention is to take Missouri businesses/jobs and move them to Texas,” Herschend wrote in a letter to Dan Mehan, the chamber’s president and CEO.

Herschend also said he “strongly” disagrees with the chamber’s support for House Bill 253, the big tax-cut measure. The General Assembly tried, and failed, this week to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the measure.

Herschend also is president of the State Board of Education and founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., which owns Silver Dollar City and other entertainment properties.

Nixon blasted the chamber for hosting Perry last month at a St. Louis luncheon. “For the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to host a speaker at the same time that speaker is running ads saying Missouri businesses should go to another state, is in direct contravention to the purposes of that organization which is to support and enhance Missouri businesses,” Nixon said at the time.

No word yet from the chamber.

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