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Missouri Veto Session Starts Today

A Republican push to cut Missouri’s income taxes faces resistance as the veto session starts today.

The tax cut is the highest profile issue out of Nixon’s 33 vetoes.

The legislation would phase-in hundreds of millions of dollars of income tax cuts for businesses and individuals. Republican legislative leaders say it would spur the economy and help Missouri compete against recent tax cuts in Kansas and other states.

But Nixon says the lost revenues could jeopardize education funding. And he says a drafting error would impose sales taxes on prescription drugs. A veto override requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers. It should get through the senate, but supporters say the house vote will be tight.

Missouri lawmakers are also deciding whether to take the first shot in a potential legal battle with the federal government over gun control laws.

The Republican-led Legislature may try today to override Governor Nixon’s veto of a bill that attempts to nullify certain federal gun laws. The bill also allows state criminal charges against federal agents who attempt to enforce those laws, or against anyone who publishes a gun owner’s identity.

The Democratic governor has said the bill could violate the U.S. Constitution. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster also has raised concerns about the potential override. He says it could prevent local police from cooperating with federal authorities.

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