State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) listens to GOP Governor Mike Parson brief GOP lawmakers in Jefferson City on August 3, 2022 (photo courtesy of the governor's Flickr page)

Central Missouri GOP lawmakers optimistic about special session

State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville) listens to GOP Governor Mike Parson brief GOP lawmakers in Jefferson City on August 3, 2022 (photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page)

Missouri’s governor is confident that the GOP-controlled Legislature will approve the two items in his special session call: the largest tax cut in state history and a six-year extension of farm tax credits.

Governor Mike Parson (R) says state general revenues are up 20 percent over last year and that sales and use tax money is up 13 percent.

“The way things are with inflation, groceries, all of the things, health care, rent, gas, farmers, diesel, fertilizer. I mean you can almost go on down the list. Now is the time to give money back to people that they put in there in the first place,” Parson tells 939 the Eagle.

Under the governor’s plan, the first $16,000 in earned income for Missouri single filers and the first $32,000 for joint filers would be tax-free.

The special session will likely take place during the September veto session.

Governor Parson met this week in Jefferson City with 12 GOP state representatives from central Missouri to discuss the upcoming special session. They included State Reps. Travis Fitzwater (R-Holts Summit), Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport) and Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville).

Representative Reisch, whose district includes Columbia, Centralia and Sturgeon, tells 939 the Eagle she’s optimistic the Legislature will approve the largest tax cut in state history and a farm tax credit extension.

“We are a majority. It’s good to have a Republican governor with a Republican House and Senate. Do we agree all the time … no. Do we all get along all the time … no. But at the end of the day we’ve got to do what’s best for the six-million people in our state,” Reisch says.

Republicans currently control the Missouri House 107-48, with eight vacancies. The GOP controls the Missouri Senate 24-10.

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