Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is upset with a tax cut bill that passed out of the Legislature this week, calling it "reckless" and saying it'll hurt education. State Representative Charlie Davis of Webb City says that's odd, because this time lawmakers did what Nixon wanted them to do last year.
"He said last year he didn't like 253 because there was a tax on prescriptions, which we didn't realize was in there and we could have fixed that. Inadvertently it would tax books at colleges. He said if we could scale it back, he would sign it. So that's exactly what we did."
Nixon has been claiming the tax cut bill would hurt education. Davis disagrees. "This year, we put $278 million more into education. And we can't do any kind of tax cut if we don't see at least a $150 million increase in general revenue."
Nixon has about two weeks to either sign or veto the bill. If he vetoes it, lawmakers have already pledged to override him.
Governor Sam Brownback is allowing a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas to become law without his signature.
Brownback announced the decision Friday, his deadline for acting. Brownback said he has reservations about state-owned casinos but noted that southeast Kansas residents strongly support the bill.
The bill decreases the investment required by Kansas law for a casino in either Cherokee or Crawford county to $50 million, instead of the current $225 million.
The bill also cuts the fee prospective developers are required to pay to $5.5 million from $25 million.
A 2007 law authorized a casino owned by the Kansas Lottery to be built and operated by a private developer. But local officials have argued the current investment requirement is too high to attract interest.