Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement regarding the nearly billion dollar fiscally irresponsible tax experiment passed this morning by the Senate Ways and Means Committee:
"Last year, the people of Missouri spoke out clearly that they want good schools and good jobs, not risky experiments that funnel money away from public education. But some members of the legislature are back at it again, trying to take even more funding away from our schools and more opportunities away from our children with a billion dollar experiment," Gov. Nixon said. "As I said in my State of the State Address: Missouri already has the sixth lowest taxes in the nation, and I have signed four tax cuts as Governor -- but I will not support anything that takes money out of our classrooms. It's unfortunate that a committee that is unwilling to cut even a dollar of tax credit spending is all too eager to take a billion dollars away from public education and other priorities. Once again the choice is clear, the General Assembly can get serious about fully funding our schools, or they can undertake fiscally irresponsible experiments with our tax code -- but they cannot do both."