JEFFERSON CITY -- The sponsor of legislation designed as a response to massive tax cuts in Kansas says Gov. Jay Nixon's opposition isn't based in facts.
In a letter to each Missouri Senator released on Monday, the governor criticized the legislation as a tax increase on the state's most vulnerable populations.
Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee's Summit Republican, said neither the governor nor any member of his staff ever approached him with concerns about the bill at any point in the two months spent working on it.
"It is clear that the governor and his staff read only half of (the bill), and that they are content with using scare tactics to advance their agenda," he said in a statement.
Kraus' bill, which is expected to clear the Senate this week, phases in a three-quarters of a percent cut in the individual and corporate income tax over five years. It also phases in a 50 percent deduction on business income.
At the urging of Democrats, Kraus also included a $2,000 tax deduction for individuals with incomes below $20,000.
To offset part of the lost revenue, the state sales tax is gradually increased by one-half cent over five years.
Nixon said the Republicans’ plan “shifts the tax burden away from corporations and the most affluent onto those who can least afford these added costs,” namely “seniors, veterans and families.”
Not so, Kraus said.
"This bill represents a significant, broad-based tax cut for all Missourians who pay taxes, both residents and businesses," he said, later adding: "For the governor to suggest that I, as a veteran and current member of the National Guard, would harm veterans is offensive."