Coalition forms to fight replacement of Missouri income tax

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | 5:01 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A coalition that includes Missouri business and education groups has been formed to fight a proposal to replace the state income tax with an expanded sales tax.

The group is called the Coalition for Missouri's Future and also includes the Missouri AARP.

Leaders said Tuesday they'll work to keep the proposal off a future statewide ballot. They argue it would hurt elderly and low-income residents and could cause a shortfall in the state budget.

Proponents of replacing the income tax with a broader sales tax say it would boost Missouri's economy.

Several versions of the plan have been filed as proposed amendments to the state constitution, which would require approval by Missouri voters.

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