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Proposed sales tax increase would affect seniors, families, veterans on fixed incomes the most, Gov. Nixon says

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Location: Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon today told the members of the Missouri Senate that he strongly opposes the large sales tax increase contained in Senate Bill No. 26. The Governor sent a letter to the senators, outlining his objections.

The first issue the Governor pointed to was that Senate Bill No. 26 would raise taxes on all Missourians and increase the cost of almost everything they buy.

"Everyday necessities, from clothing to Kleenex, would become more expensive," Gov. Nixon wrote. "Families would have to pay more for the same products, putting an additional strain on household budgets."

Gov. Nixon also objected to the shifting of taxes away from corporations and the affluent onto those who can least afford the added costs.

"Under Senate Bill No. 26, a single mother's school supplies would cost more, while a corporate executive's country club membership would cost less," his letter stated. "This shift would hit seniors and veterans living on fixed incomes especially hard. Making a veteran with aches and pains pay more for an aspirin so that an S-corporation can get a tax cut does not reflect our values or our priorities. Giving special breaks at the expense of seniors, veterans and families is the wrong approach to growing our economy."

Missouri now consistently ranks near the top in economic competitiveness, and the state's tax burden ranks 44th in the nation as a percentage of personal income, the Governor pointed out. He urged senators to oppose Senate Bill No. 26 when it comes to a vote.

"I have long opposed schemes like this one that would shift costs onto families because they reflect the wrong priorities and do not work. Putting an additional financial burden on each and every Missourian would threaten the progress we have made and hamper our economic recovery."

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