The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education approved a resolution July 18 urging the Missouri General Assembly to sustain the governor’s veto of House Bill 253.
The bill, vetoed June 5 by Gov. Jay Nixon, significantly cuts Missouri taxes as well as revenue for the state’s public schools and other services.
It is estimated that the bill would result in state revenue losses of more than $800 million when fully phased in.
For the R-7 School District, which has already cost contained almost $90 million since 2008-09, an override of the veto of the bill would result in a loss of state aid of almost $5 million for the 2013-14 school year.
“This fiscally irresponsible bill would undermine our state’s quality of life and economy,” David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, said in a press release. “It is a flawed attempt by Missouri lawmakers to keep up with large-scale, unproven tax cuts in Kansas and has been widely criticized by education and other organizations as well as business leaders across the state.”
The resolution approved by the board of education also emphasized the following:
• House Bill 253 would jeopardize the ability of the state to provide adequate funding for our public schools for years to come as well as to fund higher education and other critical state services.
• Missouri already has one of the lowest state tax burdens in the nation.
• House Bill 253 threatens the credit rating of the state and increases borrowing costs for the state.
Board members urged community members to contact their General Assembly senators and representatives to ask them to vote against any attempt in the legislature to override the governor’s veto.
Missouri lawmakers will return to Jefferson City Sept. 14 for the annual veto session. A veto override requires 109 House members to vote for the override, and House Bill 253 passed last spring with 103 ‘yes’ votes. If the House votes to override the veto, the issue will go to the Senate where it requires 23 votes to override the veto.
The bill received 24 ‘yes’ votes in the Senate when it was approved during the regular legislative session in the spring.
The Missouri Office of Budget and Planning has put together a fact sheet on House Bill 253 available at http://governor.mo.gov/ne