Senate leader says he won’t pursue bills to end local earnings taxes

After voters in Kansas City and St. Louis re-approved 1 percent local earnings taxes, the leader of the Missouri Senate said Wednesday he will not pursue any bills this session aimed at ending the levies.

“I’ve always erred on [the side of] local people voting, and I mean anybody that sees that vote, why would you want to bring it up?” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “I don’t see the benefit of that.”

Kansas City’s earnings tax was approved by 77 percent of voters in Tuesday’s election. Seventy-two percent of voters in St. Louis voted in favor of their local tax.

At least six bills pending in the House and Senate seek to end the taxes. Sponsors including Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, have argued that the taxes hamper local development.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio

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