Nixon goes into Kraus’ backyard to oppose tax cut

08/06/2013 10:00 AM

08/06/2013 10:00 AM

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday will leap into the lion’s den when he visits Lee’s Summit to oppose that big tax cut bill that Republican Sen. Will Kraus passed this year.

Nixon will visit the Stansberry Leadership Center at 301 NE Tudor Road. That’s part of Lee’s Summit Public Schools, and it’s in Kraus’ legislative district.

Kraus, though, won’t be there, an aide said. He’s away on a long-planned trip.

An effort to override Nixon’s veto of the Kraus tax bill has become the dramatic centerpiece of Missouri politics this fall. The Senate is expected to easily override the veto. The drama is in the House, where the vote is expected to hinge on perhaps as few as one or two lawmakers.

Nixon has traveled the state in recent weeks pounding on the tax cut as an unaffordable experiment that would force dramatic cuts to education and raise taxes on prescription drugs.

Kraus passed the bill to help Missouri better compete with Kansas where Gov. Sam Brownback is pushing sweeping reductions to income taxes as a way to lure more business to the state.

Nixon appears at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

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