User Login    
 + Register
TV Banner
News : Gov. Jay Nixon's Visits Chillicothe
Posted by Randy on 2014/6/16 9:38:40 (113 reads) News by the same author

Gov. Jay Nixon visited Chillicothe last Friday in Livingston County for a roundtable discussion with local officials about the impact of special breaks and exemptions passed by the General Assembly in the final hours of the legislative session and vetoed by the Governor earlier last week.
Click to see original Image in a new window

Together, provisions in these bills would reduce state and local revenues by up to $776 million annually, and were not accounted for in the budget passed by the legislature or in the budgets of the local jurisdictions they would impact. Most of these provisions would impact sales tax collections, and therefore would reduce local tax revenues.

“From fire protection to storm water management, these special breaks for special interests hastily passed by the legislature would undermine the basic public services these communities rely on to support the health, safety and quality of life of their citizens,” Gov. Nixon said. “These provisions would begin reducing revenues immediately, and with no guarantee that my vetoes will be sustained, these special interest giveaways will have to be accounted for with tough choices and dramatic spending reductions on the state and local levels.”

Earlier last week, the Governor vetoed Senate Bills 693, 584, 612, 860, 727, 662, and 829, and House Bills 1865, 1296 and 1455, which contain more than a dozen special breaks for a variety of industries. If these bills were to become law, they are projected to reduce state revenue by up to $425 million annually and local revenue by up to $351 million annually starting in the fiscal year that begins on July 1. By reducing local tax revenues, these special breaks would undermine support for services including police, fire, ambulance, emergency services, parks, and other vital public services provided at the local level.

“Here in Chillicothe, we have a responsibility to keep our communities safe and provide the basic services folks count on,” said Chillicothe Mayor Charles E. Haney. “Unfortunately, if the Governor’s vetoes are not sustained, then our local budget will be in real trouble and local services like public safety will be at risk.”

In a previous letter urging the Governor to veto the bills, Mayor Haney raised concerns about the city’s ability to maintain core services if revenue is reduced: “The approval of these bills will be catastrophic to our fiscal viability. . . Ultimately, it will be our citizens that will suffer the consequences of diminished local services if we are required to cut our budget further in response to special interest tax exemptions granted by the Missouri General Assembly.”

The bills vetoed by the Governor include new sales tax exemptions for recreation venues, fast food restaurants, power companies, data storage and processing, used vehicles, supplies and equipment used in electricity generation, and commercial laundries.

“All across Missouri, communities have come together to pass local sales taxes to support local public services and capital improvements,” Gov. Nixon said. “These special breaks passed by the General Assembly would defy the will of the voters by siphoning these voter-approved resources away from their intended purpose, and into the pockets of the well-connected.”

The reduced state sales tax revenue would also reduce funding from dedicated sales taxes for K-12 schools (also called the Proposition C sales tax), Highways, Conservation, State Parks, and Soil and Water Conservation Programs.

The loss of local revenue from these provisions could also impact repayment of voter-approved bonds issued to finance capital improvements such as county jails, county hospitals, fire stations, emergency management centers, road projects and other critical public infrastructure.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/9/19 4:28:05 - Scotland Rejects Independence From U.K.
2014/9/19 4:24:51 - Prison Supervisor Guilty Of Hiding Guard Attack
2014/9/19 4:20:53 - Missouri Creates Office To Address Racial Issues
2014/9/19 4:17:24 - Governor Nixon Announces Plan For Lottery Education Funding
2014/9/19 4:12:20 - Police: Principal's Sexual Acts With Teen Captured On Cell Phone Video
2014/9/19 4:07:03 - Body Found Floating In Lake Of The Ozarks
2014/9/19 4:00:20 - Convicted Florida Felon Kills His 6 Grandchildren
2014/9/18 15:04:46 - Milan Coaches Shows For Thursday, 9/18/14
2014/9/18 11:28:04 - Mizzou, UCONN Agree To Home-And-Home Football Series
2014/9/18 10:54:16 - Teen Crashes SUV After Friend Sets Fire To Underarm Hair
2014/9/18 10:45:40 - Cat Euthanized, Shot By Neighbor With 9 Blow Darts
2014/9/18 9:30:00 - Strong Benton Tennis Team Shuts Down Trenton
2014/9/18 9:28:38 - Tickets For Potential Royals Playoff Games Now On Sale
2014/9/18 9:00:00 - Wright Memorial Hospital To Offer Reduced Cost Health Screenings
2014/9/18 8:47:28 - Court Of Appeals To Hold Session At Milan
2014/9/18 8:41:03 - Poker Run Set To Assist Trenton Toddler
2014/9/18 8:40:00 - Two Trenton Residents Charged In Leaving The Scene Of An Accident Case
2014/9/18 8:35:38 - Entries Continue For Missouri Days Parade
2014/9/18 4:47:49 - Dog That Went Missing In New York Found 2 Years Later In Florida
2014/9/18 4:35:57 - Suspect In Custody After Apparent Shovel Assault
2014/9/18 4:29:18 - Kids May Face Citizenship Test Under New Proposal
2014/9/18 4:24:15 - Sierra Club Endorses Grain Belt Transmission Line
2014/9/18 4:20:00 - Facebook Bans Mother For Posting Photos Of Baby With Birth Defect
2014/9/18 4:19:44 - Meth Blamed After Missouri Man Sets Himself On Fire
2014/9/18 4:15:41 - Bus Driver Resigns After Sick Child Left On Side Of Road
2014/9/18 4:08:23 - Teen, 14 Hit By Car On Way To School
2014/9/18 4:03:31 - Drag Queens Dress Down Facebook Over Names
2014/9/18 3:57:01 - KC Man Charged With Throwing Molotov Cocktails At Congressional Office
2014/9/17 7:30:00 - Princeton School Board Meeting Report
2014/9/17 7:30:00 - Princeton Tiger Coaches Shows For Wednesday, 9/17/14



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM