Missouri at front of grassroots tax movement

'Fair tax' gathering steam in Michigan, elsewhere
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 8:50 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 19, 2009

COLUMBIA — The idea of adopting a statewide consumption tax in lieu of traditional corporate and individual income taxes is not novel. Fifteen years ago, three Houston businessmen invested $20 million to study alternatives to income tax nationwide. The idea has since gained a cult following.