(KMOV) – Big changes are coming in how Missouri approaches taxes and education. The Missouri Legislature is back session, and Republicans are moving ahead with an aggressive agenda.
Republicans are in a supermajority in the Senate, and are only three votes shy of a veto-proof majority in the House. They’re pushing major tax reform, including possibly getting rid of income tax, and Democrats can only hope the governor slows down.
The 96th Missouri Legislature is already making history because of its majority, and new House speaker Steve Tilley says tax reform is first.
Tilley says Republicans are seriously looking at getting rid of the income tax and replacing it with a sales tax.
The legislature will look to cut spending in a budget that Democrats like Tishaura Jones say is already barebones. “I feel like we're cutting to the bone already. All that's left is essential services,” she says.
Education may be one of those areas. House Majority Leader Tim Jones says that doesn’t mean less learning. “Money doesn't fix education,” he says. “St. Louis schools are a good example to that.”
Democrats will need the governor’s veto to stop any legislation, and even that may not be enough.
The legislature gets down to business Thursday, and promises to make for a very interesting 2011.