Today, Gov. Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253 was sustained. House lawmakers were not able to secure the 109 votes necessary to override the veto, coming up 15 votes short.
“We knew going into this campaign that an override would be difficult,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber President and CEO. “But we invested significant time, energy and political capital because we believed it was the right thing to do. Our drive doesn’t end with today’s vote. If anything, we are even more committed to securing tax relief for Missouri’s workers and job creators to keep our state more competitive.”
Mehan hopes that an honest and open conversation can be had with those groups that opposed House Bill 253 to arrive at a workable compromise.
“We are looking forward to returning with our tax reform plan during the upcoming session.” said Mehan. “The Missouri Chamber believes that Missouri can support Missouri workers, job creators AND education. Missouri does not have to be for one or for the other. That narrow mindset has to end if we are going to move our state forward.”