Governor Pence Asks Legislators To Sustain Veto Of Tax Bill

The veto overrides a bill that would retroactively authorize income taxes in Jackson and Pulaski counties.

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Gov. Mike Pence speaks before signing a the school security bill on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Governor Mike Pence is calling on lawmakers not to override his veto of a tax bill when the General Assembly meets this week.

Legislative leaders chose to convene for a technical session Wednesday  to consider overriding one of the governor’s vetoes.

The legislation primarily deals with local income taxes in Jackson and Pulaski counties, which the government technically collected without authority for the last several years. The bill would retroactively authorize the taxes.

Pence says the legislature’s remedy does not meet his standards.

“If you owe taxes, pay taxes but if you’ve paid taxes that weren’t owed that the state government ought to find a way to credit those back to you,” he says.

Pence sent letters to each lawmaker urging them to sustain his veto, saying he is exploring administrative fixes to the tax issues in the two counties.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Speaker Brian Bosma are both continuing to call for an override of the veto.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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