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Missouri group opposes half-cent research tax to draw the line “somewhere”

Updated: 2013-10-15T15:14:02Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Show-Me Institute urges Jackson Countians to reject the half-cent sales tax for medical research in a column published Monday.

Among its reasons: sales taxes are too high.

“The city has some of the highest local sales taxes in the United States,” the piece says. “The line needs to be drawn somewhere, and this is a good place to start.”

Of course, the Institute was among the groups pushing for the vetoed Missouri tax cuts, in part because of the need to compete with Kansas.

Kansas did reduce its income taxes. But it replaced at least some of that revenue by — you guessed it — maintaining part of an expiring sales tax.

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