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Tax Loophole Vetoed by Governor

Posted Sunday, July 29, 2012, at 8:09 AM

Among the measures that were vetoed by the governor this year is one that would have impacted the price paid for an automobile.

House Bill 1329 would have changed some of the laws relating to motor vehicles. The measure would have removed an advantage that neighboring states currently have on vehicle taxes. If you buy a vehicle in any of those states, you do not have to pay local sales tax.

In January, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled if a car, boat or trailer was bought outside of the Show-Me State, cities and counties could not collect the sales tax from that purchase. This created a hole in tax revenues. House Bill 1329 would have fixed this loophole.

The governor says he vetoed the bill because it would have raised taxes unconstitutionally, since it would have not gone to a vote of the people. In his veto letter, the governor stated that he vetoed the legislation because it would have imposed a local tax on motor vehicles and other such items purchased out of state without a vote of the people. The bill passed through both the Missouri Senate and House. We may override this veto in September, when lawmakers go back to Jefferson City for the annual veto session.

As you can imagine, this veto greatly affects more folks who live closer to any of the eight states that border Missouri. Some counties in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas are looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue because of the court ruling and the veto of House Bill 1329. These are the same counties that already put use and sales taxes on the ballot. The taxes were approved, and then dropped because of the court decision, so the question of constitutionality is not quite enough to explain the veto.

I am hearing that House Bill 1329 will probably be taken up in September. Again, this is not a tax increase, since the rates were set long before the Missouri Supreme Court rendered its decision. I fully intend to do what is right if and when this issue comes up during veto session and side with my constituents in rural Missouri.

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You wanna do something good? Make farmers pay taxes on the fuel they use. Farmers use a red fuel for equipment which has no road tax. So why are they allowed to drive tractors and combines down the same roads we use at below minimum speeds and non taxed fuel?

-- Posted by MIZ_ZOU on Tue, Aug 7, 2012, at 8:08 AM

I guess if your planning on purchasing a vehicle soon drive to KCK to avoid sales tax being added. Nice to know:)

-- Posted by meagain on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 11:55 AM

It's election year smoke and mirrors politics. Time for all good conservative lackies to spew disagreement with anything and everything done by a democrat.

This is the best the GOP can come up with on Nixon? That he doesn't want to force Missouri citizens to start paying a tax that they don't have to pay now?

I agree in principle that this rule makes life tougher for car dealers in Missouri. However, the reality is that if a city or county passes a sales tax increase, then they are harming their local businesses. Simple as that.

I don't see how you can blame that on Nixon.

-- Posted by Smart Dog on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 12:17 PM

I'm just amazed that Mr. Stouffer wants to raise taxes! Where are your tea party "folks" coming down on this issue....huh?

Where is the NRA, Farm Bureau and Missouri Soybean group going to come down on this issue...HUH?

Bill I don't think that this is your best idea......or was it some ding dong RNC advisor telling you what to think?

-- Posted by salinemg on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 11:16 AM

So, I thought conservatives were in favor of lower taxes?

Not true, Bill? You are in favor of Missourians paying as much tax as possible apparently?

Could it be that Gov. Nixon would rather see lower taxes for Missourians?

Which party is the conservatives again?

I'm confused.

I thought a good conservative would be for repealing those county and local taxes on vehicle purchases to make Missouri car dealers competitive.

I reckon in this case, Mr. Stouffer favors higher taxes for car purchasers and Mr. Nixon does not.

-- Posted by Smart Dog on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 10:58 AM

Since when did Missouri lawmakers respect the vote of the people?

Prop B will be remembered as a time our local politicians reversed a legal Missouri vote.

-- Posted by Interested Too on Sun, Jul 29, 2012, at 4:12 PM

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Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, represented the 21st district in the Missouri Senate until January 2013, when he left after reaching established term limits. He is a life-long resident of Saline County, a farmer and small business owner. He and his wife, Sue Ellen, live on their family farm in Napton. He was the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight. He served on a number of other committees, including Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources; Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy & the Environment; Financial & Governmental Organizations & Elections; Joint Interim Committee on School Accreditation; Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission; Missouri Civil Air Patrol; Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission; Missouri Senior RX Commission; Alzheimer's State Plan Task Force; Coordinating Council on Special Transportation; and Midwestern Interstate passage Rail Compact Commission.