The day after the veto session ended, in Jefferson City, Missourians, and some legislators, spent the day licking their wounds. Two of the most controversial bills, HB 436 and HB 253, vetoed by the governor, were not overturned by the Republican super majority, and that has some calling for a rigorous primary season to oust the non-compliant elected.
HB 436, otherwise known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, was a bill aimed at strengthening nullification as a pushback to the supremacy aspects of federal gun laws. HB 253 would have lowered taxes across the state for businesses and individuals. And while individuals would have realized a less than 1% decrease in their taxes, it, and the Second Amendment Preservation Act were highly supported by members of grassroots conservatives.
“For folks who campaigned as fiscal conservatives, to not vote for a tax cut is egregious to me, and our organization will primary several of those people.”
In addition to large public support, HB 253 received a great deal of support from the organization, Grow Missouri. Grow Missouri is a group, formed to bring attention to and lobby for the overturn of the governor’s tax bill veto. The group is supported by many state wide organizations such as The Missouri Chamber of Commerce, NFIB of Missouri, Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, and several others. It receives most of its financial backing from Rex Sinquefield. Sinquefield has been a longtime financial contributor to causes and candidates, in Missouri, on various partisan and nonpartisan issues, and he has donated millions to Grow Missouri.
Grow Missouri spokeswoman, Bev Randles, and Director of Club for Growth has maintained that legislators who campaigned as fiscal conservatives, and did not vote for a tax cut, is egregious. She also asserts that her organization, Grow Missouri, will primary several of those people.
When asked if Sinquefield would bankroll that effort, Randles stated there had been no inquiries to him, to date, but they would be seeking support from all Club for Growth members for any level of financial support possible.
Randles also asked citizens, who attended the veto session activities, to get in contact with their legislators, Republican or Democrat, who did not vote for the override, and to also look to Club for Growth to actively work to support a primary for those legislators.
“Over the summer, Mr. Nixon devoted most of his attention to the tax-cut bill, barnstorming the state to argue that it would decimate financing for education, mental health and other services. The bill would have slashed taxes for businesses and lowered the state’s income tax rate for the first time in more than 90 years.
The governor stitched together a broad coalition of support from the educators, with more than a hundred school boards across the state passing resolutions to sustain the veto.”
Randles sees the education lobby and the Nixon’s scare tactics as a major influence in the defeat of the override.
Additionally, Governor Nixon released $215.2 million dollars, he was previously withholding while waiting the outcome of the veto override.
“Nixon announced in June that he would be restricting $400 million from the state budget that started July 1 out of concerns over the potential impact of the proposed income tax cut.”
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