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September 12, 2013

Kraus looks ahead to next year to pass big tax cut in Missouri

State senator from Lee’s Summit points out that passing big bills often takes several years

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Thursday’s hot chatter begins in Jefferson City where lawmakers are gathered for their annual veto session:

• “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.” — Missouri state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican and chief sponsor of the tax-cut bill.

Kraus makes a good point: It often takes two or three sessions to pass big, meaty issues. He would be wise to work more closely with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon next year.

• “GovJayNixon has now been overridden four times by the #MOHouse in his political career. Failing to lead for Missourians.” — House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican, on Twitter.

Jones lost the big fight Wednesday over the tax bill, and he lost it badly. He was feeling it when he shot off this tweet. Still, the GOP has managed to override Nixon 10 times, and that’s more than all governors in the last 100 years combined.

• “Today’s vote to sustain veto of #HB253 represents a defining moment for our state and a victory for all Missourians.” — Nixon.

The governor about wore out the state airplane flying across the state to defeat the override attempt, and he won big Wednesday in the veto session’s marquee issue. But the victory could be short-lived. Republicans are talking confidently about their prospects for passing a tax cut next session.

• “Speaker Jones says he's touring the state this week to discuss the GOP's

# moleg

accomplishments. That's gonna be a short trip.” — Missouri Democratic chairman Roy Temple on Twitter.

Temple will chew on the speaker for sport this week after Jones failed to hold his caucus together to override Nixon’s veto of the tax bill. The partisan rhetoric in Jeff City is escalating after years of relative calm.

• “The numbers speak for themselves. Like me, Kansans want no part of the Syrian civil war. They recognize, despite President Obama’s address, that America has no vital national security interest in Syria.” — Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a Republican, about an unofficial survey he conducted of his constituents that showed little support for a military strike.

The finding is something of a surprise given how Republican western Kansas is. Of the nearly 3,400 respondents to an e-mail survey, 94 percent opposed military intervention.

Roy Temple ‏@ roytemple 28 May

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