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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon slams the door on right-to-work legislation


Happy Friday. (But more rain is on the way. Can you believe it?)

▪ “For generations, the ability of workers to join together and bargain collectively for fair wages and benefits has formed the foundation of the American middle-class. This extreme measure would take our state backward.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoing anti-union right-to-work legislation.

“If Missouri were to join the 25 other right-to-work states, we would regain a competitive edge not only among our neighboring states, but on the national level as well.” — Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Republican, bemoaning Nixon’s rejection of right-tow-work.

The debate over right-to-work continues in Missouri. Lawmakers may try to override Nixon’s veto when they meet again toward summer’s end. The early betting line is that the overriders are a few votes short.

▪ “It appears both chambers are moving down this path of let’s push out those future income tax cuts. I think that is huge for restoring some financial stability.” — Kansas state Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat, on plans to delay further income-tax cuts through 2018.

The slowdown in the cuts comes as lawmakers try to close that big budget deficit. The idea of more income-tax cuts was a key component of Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to ease off of income taxes as a key component of state revenue.

▪ “We have the power to make things new again.” — former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announcing his plan to run for the presidency again.

Perry was talking about the need to re-establish the relationship between the government and the citizens of America after eight years of Barack Obama. But he might as well have been talking about himself. Perry is trying to rebound politically after a very rough try for the White House in 2012.

▪ “We’ve always thought there would be challengers. There were always going to be people saying she wasn’t this enough, wasn’t that enough, wasn’t populist enough.” — Clinton campaign chairman John D. Podesta on the group of Democrats emerging to challenge Hillary Clinton next year.

That sleepy Democratic presidential primary isn’t looking quite so sleepy anymore.