Mo. leaders voice little interest in revenue-raising ideas

Missouri House Floor Minority Leader Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, stands before fellow House Democrats as he addresses the media in the House lounge at the Capitol.

Missouri House Floor Minority Leader Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, stands before fellow House Democrats as he addresses the media in the House lounge at the Capitol. Photo by Kris Wilson.

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, told colleagues Wednesday “we must act, and do so swiftly to pass a balanced budget without a tax increase for the people of Missouri.”

At the same time Mayer was addressing the Senate on the Legislature’s opening day for the 2012 session, House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, told Missouri representatives: “We will force government to live within its means, balance the state budget, and hold the line on taxes, period.”

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Even though state government is facing another budget hole estimated to be from $450 million to $500 million, neither Tilley nor Mayer sounded open to the idea of increasing state revenues, as some have urged.

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