KCUR News
10:01 am
Thu January 14, 2010

Republican Leaders Say No New Taxes

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate returned to their party's traditional themes, after talking up ethics and the economy on the legislature's
opening day last week.

Led by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, GOP leaders pledged first and foremost not to raise taxes this year.

"Taking more money from Missouri families is not a sensible solution to fix whatever budget problems we face today," said Kinder.

Kinder also said the GOP would vigorously defend the lives of the unborn and protect 2nd Amendment rights.

One issue, though, that may divide Republicans is the proposal to ditch the state's income tax in favor of an expanded sales tax. House Speaker Ron Richard appeared to back away from the resolution during a GOP press conference.

"I'm not going to start that this year in the House we'll see if the Senate has an appetite for that, "said Richard.

There's also the potential for conflict over economic development legislation. One bill would provide incentives to draw high-tech jobs to Missouri, and that could include companies involved in stem cell research.

Richard says they'll take whatever steps are necessary to protect the interests of pro-life voters.

Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has also pledged not to raise taxes and is touting various job creation proposals