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Jones continues to back away from tax confrontation UPDATED with Nixon statement

07/30/2013 1:29 PM

07/30/2013 4:27 PM

It looks like Gov. Jay Nixon

could win his tax cut battle with the Missouri legislature before both sides are in the field.

In a podcast you can listen to

here, House Speaker Tim Jones

says the tax cut measure Nixon has fought for weeks might not even come up for a vote during the veto session.

Unless he has commitments from every Republican House member to vote for the tax cut, “It’s likely I would not even attempt an override,” Jones said.

Three Republicans voted against the tax cut originally.

“I don’t think there’ll be a single Democratic vote for the override,” he said. Earlier: “I don’t know that we have the numbers.”

There is still a high-profile campaign promoting the measure, and pressure on Jones could increase as the veto session gets closer.

The speaker criticized Nixon for criss-crossing the state, arguing against the bill, when an override appears unlikely.

In a Kansas City news conference Monday, Nixon said he would discuss tax reduction policy with Republicans, but only if the tax cut veto is upheld.

UPDATE: Nixon, in a statement Tuesday:

“...legislators are hearing from their constituents and recognizing that there is no need to raise taxes on prescription drugs, defund our schools or jeopardize our AAA credit rating with this fiscally irresponsible experiment.”

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