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MRP: Nixon Sought Easier Way to Boost Taxes, Opposed Senior Tax Relief

January 7th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Paul Sloca

Monday, January 7, 2008                                                   

JEFFERSON CITY _ In another attempt to mislead Missourians, Jay Nixon is attempting to hide from his 20-year-long record of making it easier to raise taxes on hardworking Missourians and his opposition to a plan to return tens of millions of dollars in overpaid taxes to Missouri seniors. And as recently as last year, Nixon refused to endorse Republican efforts to cut taxes on Social Security benefits received by elderly Missourians.Despite a scheduled stop in the St. Louis region today seeking to rewrite his poor legislative record on tax relief, Nixon cannot escape from the fact that he supported legislation that would reduce from two-thirds to four-sevenths the majority of votes required to approve tax increases. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on November 2, 1986 that Nixon “would support reduction of the vote necessary to pass bond issues and tax levies if the votes were limited to once a year.”

Nixon also discussed today property tax relief for elderly Missourians even though the Post-Dispatch reported in April, 1989, that Nixon opposed reimbursing retirees $192 million for years of excessive tax payments made to the state: “But he (Nixon) says the state should not try to reimburse federal retirees for taxes they paid to Missouri in the past several years – unless ordered to do so by a court.” The Associated Press reported on April 21, 2007, that Nixon refused to endorse a Social Security tax cut for Missouri seniors ultimately signed into law by Gov. Matt Blunt.

“It is both ridiculous and misleading for Jay Nixon to claim that he supports Missouri taxpayers because the record clearly shows that for more than 20 years he has supported Democrat efforts to make it easier for taxes to be raised on hard-working Missourians and has opposed a plan to refund overpaid taxes to elderly Missourians,” said Paul Sloca, communications director for the Missouri Republican Party. “This is another sad example of Jay Nixon trying to score political points by rewriting his own political history.”

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