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SJR29 Passes Out of Committee: Heads Up, Media!

February 11th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

From Missouri Matters member Emily:

SJR-29, or the Senate version of the bill that would replace Missouri’s income tax with a sales tax, has passed out of the Senate Government Affairs and Fiscal Oversight Committee (GAFO). Now, if you recall Schoolhouse Rock’s ‘How a Bill Becomes Law’, getting a bill through committee is only one of the first steps, before being passed by both chambers and signed by the Governor: and in the case of this bill, it still wouldn’t be law until voters approved the measure on the ballot.

So why am I so excited about this? Well, last year’s bill (HB56 by Ed Emery) was passed by the House midway through session, but was killed in the Senate Ways and Means Committee before it even got a chance to be heard in the Senate. This year, the Senate is acting swiftly on progressing this year’s bill.

This bill isn’t identical to the national idea of the Fair Tax, but the principle of not punishing people for working is the same, and the Fair Tax coalition is revved up, they are cohesive, they are driven, and they have rallied around this bill in Missouri.
Also, I think there is a true cross-section of people who believe this just makes sense, and they are getting involved and talking to their elected officials. Even people who haven’t been involved in politics before see the significance of this bill for the future. This is one bill that has the potential to give voters a say in the way they are taxed. It has the potential to create more jobs than any other ‘jobs bill’ out there, and that is a vital concern for so many people. Read more…

Related:

WSJ: Jobs Bill Likely to Be Delayed in Senate

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  • 1 David E. Goff // Feb 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for your great work. We need information we can count on.

  • 2 Floyd Gilliam // Feb 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    If I understand this SJR29 in its present form, it would impose sales taxes on families for tuitions in non-public schools, K-12, while they are still paying property taxes for public school families who do not pay additional for their schooling. This is totally unfair and unacceptable.

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