Less than six months ago, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was giving speeches in support of creating jobs with billions of dollars in tax breaks. But lately, he’s been taking the opposite approach, ranting against a job-creating tax cut proposal. What’s the difference?
The difference is the first proposal was targeted at one company—Boeing—while the current proposal would help thousands of Missouri small businesses and all of the state’s individual tax payers. The Missouri Chamber asks, if it’s good enough for the largest private-sector employer in Missouri, why aren’t our thousands of small employers worthy of a tax cut in our governor’s eyes?
“The governor’s opposition to this tax cut is disappointing and, frankly, surprising. Not long ago, the governor, the General Assembly and our business community stood united in an effort to attract jobs to our state using tax breaks. Our attempt to land the Boeing expansion was the right thing to do,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “But why limit this kind of stimulus to just one employer? Right now, the governor has the opportunity to sign a bill that would give all taxpayers and thousands of small businesses a tax break. So we ask the governor, why is he favoring one company over hardworking Missourians across the state?”
The Missouri Chamber is hosting a news conference on this topic at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28, in the House Lounge on the third floor of the Missouri Capitol. Please join the Missouri Chamber President/CEO Dan Mehan, House Floor Leader Rep. John Diehl, and Sen. Eric Schmitt as we discuss why all Missouri businesses deserve a break—not just a chosen few.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business organization in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers, providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.