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Border War on Taxes Heating Up

Let the border war over taxes begin. Wednesday night, the Missouri Senate endorsed a massive tax overhaul, mainly intended to keep pace with recent tax cuts in Kansas.

Senators gave first-round approval to a plan that would phase in a state income tax cut of three-quarters of a percentage point over the next five years. At the same time, Missouri’s sales tax would gradually rise half a point.

The plan includes an extra tax cut for low-income residents, and it seeks to boost tax collections from Internet sales and some out-of-state retailers. The bill’s sponsor says it could reduce state revenues by about $450 million when fully implemented.

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