The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly begins in just over a month.  United for Missouri has traveled the state extensively discussing issues with our nearly 73,000 members since the end of session. The consensus was the top three priorities for 2014 are:

  1. Tax reform including broad based tax cuts and tax credit reform.
  2. Medicaid Reform but NO expansion disguised as “transformation”.
  3. Eliminate or significant reduce the use of taxpayer funded lobbying

The session doesn’t begin until January 8, 2014 but Governor Nixon is getting a jump on expanding state government’s role in picking winners and losers in the tax credit game. CLICK HERE to let the Governor and your legislator know you oppose government picking winners and losers and that ALL Missourians deserve a tax break!

Governor Nixon has called a special session to begin today, December 2, 2013, at 4:00pm. The purpose of the session is to pass a new set of tax break incentives for the Boeing Company to entice them to build a new plant.  The Governor consistently demonstrates that he believes government is in the best position to pick winners and losers.  He showed this when he chose to make the real job creators of our state, small businesses, losers when he vetoed House Bill 253. CLICK HERE to let the Governor and your legislator know you oppose government picking winners and losers and that ALL Missourians deserve a tax break!

The Governor is right; capturing the new 777X plant would be a grand prize. You can tell how hard is trying to sell this as he uses the new buzz word “transformational”. However, he is wrong on two fronts.

First, he claims it’s not a special consideration for Boeing. It is.  He is proposing to expand existing programs that he says are working. Numerous studies have shown they aren’t working all that well.

Second, the chances of Missouri getting the new plant are slim. We’ve been here before. In 2008, Bombardier played Missouri and other states in seeking tax breaks to locate a new plant. The legislature passed the incentives but no plant was built. An aviation analyst was quoted about Missouri’s chance of getting the Boeing plant. “St. Louis has roughly no chance at all,” Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst with The Teal Group, told the St. Louis Business Journal last week.  This effort is more about building Governor Nixon’s dossier than bringing jobs to Missouri.

CLICK HERE to let the Governor and your legislator know you oppose government picking winners and losers and that ALL Missourians deserve a tax break!

The real answer is an overhaul of Missouri’s tax code eliminating the income tax and the need for such giveaways.  House Bill 253 would have been a great start to doing just that but was deemed too costly by Governor Nixon and his allies in the education bureaucracy.  But somehow, spending an extra $150 million per year is not too costly.

Education groups across the state fell into line with the Governor and opposed the first tax cut in almost 100 years. They claimed that giving every working Missourian and tax cut would have reduced government revenue despite the clear and compelling evidence that just the opposite has happened in other states who took this action. Now the Governor is proposing spending an additional $150 million per year for tax incentives to one company. Where is the outrage from the educrats about this? Their silence is deafening and telling.  They are pawns of the Governor and only speak at his command.

Governor Nixon has not been a friend to education.  Watch this video to see how he talks a good game but walks an entirely different one!

A number of legislators supported Governor Nixon’s veto of a broad based income tax cut for all Missourians. These same legislators will be asked to support a much larger corporate welfare scheme.  It will be interesting to see if their talk matches their walk on this issue.  It didn’t with the override vote of House Bill 253!

CLICK HERE to let the Governor and your legislator know you oppose government picking winners and losers and that ALL Missourians deserve a tax break!

Does all this mean that Missouri should not try to capture the new Boeing plant? Absolutely not!  But the legislature should not expand corporate welfare in doing so!

It’s likely the legislature will do something to compete for the plant.  The following is how they can do it without expanding corporate welfare:

  1. Follow Sen. John Lamping’s suggestion of re-allocating existing tax credits for the project.
  2. Pass aggressive broad based tax reform that will move Missouri away from picking winners and losers and toward making Missouri that first stop instead of an also ran!

NOW is the time to join with thousands of other Missourians and let your legislators know you support reforming Missouri’s tax policy and oppose more corporate welfare! CLICK HERE to let the Governor and your legislator know you oppose government picking winners and losers and that ALL Missourians deserve a tax break!