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Examiner
  • Blindly following Kansas won’t help

  • Recently, the Missouri Senate, behind the ill-conceived efforts of Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, voted 23-11 to institute massive tax cuts that would cripple the state’s economy. K-12 education, higher education and public safety will be especially hit hard if these cuts go into effect.

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  • To the editor:
    Recently, the Missouri Senate, behind the ill-conceived efforts of Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, voted 23-11 to institute massive tax cuts that would cripple the state’s economy. K-12 education, higher education and public safety will be especially hit hard if these cuts go into effect. It is these kinds of services that directly affect our state’s quality.
    Senator Kraus seems to think Missouri should follow Kansas in enacting tax cuts to spur economic growth and compete with Kansas’ stupefying ways. No, this legislation won’t spur economic growth, but it will compete with Kansas’s stupefying ways. As Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence put it, “Missouri is the Show-Me State, not the Same as State.”
    The $960 million cut to state revenues will mean bigger classes and increased tuition at state universities. And Senator Kraus wants to increase sales taxes to make up the some of the revenue losses. And where will these sales taxes be most impacted? On those who can least afford it.
    What Senator Kraus hasn’t told many folks is this: The Missouri Constitution, under the Hancock Amendment, says once tax changes are implemented, they cannot be overturned by lawmakers once they eventually find out they erred in passing such ridiculous pieces of legislation. And yes, this piece of legislation is ridiculous.
    Let’s look at this from two other perspectives:
    1) Revenue collections relative to the size of the state’s economy are at their lowest level in more than 30 years and remain below pre-recession levels.
    2) Missouri’s funding for local schools is already below the required funding level as determined by the foundation formula, $620 million below.
    What can you do? Call your state senator, especially Senator Will Kraus, and tell them to stop this legislation. This is Missouri, not Kansas.
     

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