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Food Tax Cut Souring?

May 7, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

The sales tax cut on groceries--approved by the House--finds itself in Senate limbo. Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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Jim Mathewson, the President pro tem of the senate, says he hasn't assigned the sales tax cut to a committee yet. With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, that is bad news for the bill's supporters.

The tax cut is designed to prevent the state from collecting more revenue than the constitution allows. But Mathewson says he thinks the limit on state tax collection, known as the Hancock amendment, will prove unconstitutional the first time the state overlooks someone when it starts doling out tax refunds. Then, says Mathewson, the Hancock amendment could be abolished. In that case, Mathewson says the sales tax cut on groceries would be an unnecessary burden on the state treasury. Senator Mathewson

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Contents: Mathewson says the argument has always been, "How can you take money from all of the different revenue sources that come into the state of Missouri, but only refund tax money to one of those sources.

The sales tax cut on food has been lauded as the one to make sure all Missourians benefit from the tax refund. From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.