Missouri House leader criticizes Nixon on vehicle taxes

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | 7:13 a.m. CDT; updated 10:53 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House leader said Gov. Jay Nixon is "playing politics" with businesses and local governments by highlighting the retroactive taxes that more than 120,000 people would owe if lawmakers override one of his vetoes.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones said lawmakers have not decided whether to try to override Nixon's veto of a bill allowing communities to resume levying taxes on vehicle purchases.

Legislators passed the bill after the Missouri Supreme Court struck down the authority of local governments to tax vehicles bought out of state or from individuals unless the communities had adopted a "use tax."

Nixon warned lawmakers this week that a veto override could retroactively raise taxes on 122,702 vehicles.

Jones says Missouri car dealerships are losing business and local governments are losing revenues.

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