Mo. GOP lawmakers vow override attempt on tax cut

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers are vowing to try to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that reduced income taxes.

Shortly after the Democratic governor rejected the bill Wednesday, the leading sponsors of the legislation said they would attempt to get the two-thirds vote needed to override his veto when the Legislature convenes in September.

An override requires 109 votes in the House and 23 in the Senate. Republicans hold enough seats to accomplish that without any Democratic support. They would have to hold all of the GOP members together in the House and could afford to have only one Republican defect in the Senate.

Republicans say the tax cut is important to keep Missouri attractive to businesses. But Nixon said the loss of tax revenues could jeopardize state services.

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