House speaker: Budget items, tax policy are likely override targets

Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones
Tim Jones | Courtesy of Tim Jones

After Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a record number of bills from the 2014 legislative session, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is working to override as many as possible.

House Republicans have held their August caucus and discussed the prospects of success for overrides, and Jones believes many of the 95 line-item vetoes Nixon made in the budget, amounting to more than $144 million in cuts, will be targets.

“Budget Chairman Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) is currently in negotiations with the minority caucus to find out if we can perhaps even just reach a general consensus on whether we should override all 95 of those vetoes,” Jones said.

Jones says his caucus also disagrees with the governor’s view of 10 vetoed bills that Nixon says give tax breaks to special interests and would reduce state and local revenue by more than $776 million annually.

The legislature’s veto session begins Sept. 10.

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