Legislators should fix bills with conflicting language

Friday, June 29, 2007 | 12:02 a.m. CDT; updated 8:51 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Efforts to give Missouri manufacturing a tax break on utilities was successful in this year’s legislative session — in a way, too successful.

Language was included in two bills exempting utilities and chemicals from sales taxes. However, county and city officials said a blanket sales-tax exemption would curtail revenue.

Taking these concerns into consideration, local legislators were successful in protecting the county and city sales-tax revenue in one bill, but another bill — a piece of legislation containing economic development incentives vital to business and industrial growth — would eliminate county and city sales taxes as well as state sales tax from the exempted manufacturing expenditures.

The first bill has already been signed by Gov. Matt Blunt. If he signs the second bill, there will be conflicting language regarding which taxes to exempt or collect.

The overall importance to Missouri’s economy of development incentives is likely to outweigh the concern over the conflicting language in the bills regarding sales taxes.

The quickest remedy would be for the legislature to pass a corrective measure as early as possible next year.

— Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau)

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Ed Lane June 29, 2007 | 11:34 a.m.

Conflicts seem to be pretty common with this governor!!!!! I would assume he can read and should have read what the hell he was signing!!!

Thank you,
Ed Lane
Kansas City, MO

(Report Comment)

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.