As co-chairs of the Economic Justice Task Force of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare, we say a warm thank you to Gov. Nixon for his veto of the massive and dangerous tax cuts contained in House Bill (HB) 253.
Missouri’s tax system is already incredibly outdated, unfair and inadequate, and HB 253 would have made it even worse.
Instead of joining the race to the bottom in which many states are engaged, Missouri ought to focus on raising an adequate amount of income to support the common good through progressive taxation.
Rep. Jeanne Kirkton, D-Webster Groves, sponsored a bill that did just that in 2013 — House Bill 843 — but her bill did not get a hearing.
HB 843, the Tax Justice for a Healthy Missouri plan, would:
These could better fund mental health, public safety, health and public education, stop job-killing budget cuts and preserve vital services for our elders, persons with disabilities and unemployed neighbors.
We hope that Rep. Kirkton’s bill will receive serious consideration in 2014, and we implore the General Assembly to sustain Gov. Nixon’s veto of HB 253.
Angela H. Roffle and Deborah Pratt are co-chairs of the Missouri Association of Social Welfare Economic Justice Task Force.