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Gaw Refuses Debate on Tax Increase

April 23, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

The House speaker refused to consider a referendum on a 300 million dollar tax increase, Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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During debate on cutting state income tax, House Speaker Steve Gaw refused to allow discussion on whether a tax increase for education, passed in 1993, should be approved by the people this November. Tod Akin, from St. Louis, suggested the public vote.

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Contents: Akin said,"This is a very sensitive point with the Governor and the Democrats. They say they want tax increases to go to a vote of the people, but not the huge one they just passed."

House Ways and Means Committee chairman Ken Jacob from Columbia said Akin's suggestion is nonsense. Jacob said if Amendment 4 were applied retroactively, ninety percent of the state's revenue might disappear. From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.