Missouri Fair Tax Measure (2010)
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The proposed measure called for eliminating income tax and replacing it with a fair sales tax of 5.11 percent. Taxed items would have included retail sales and taxable services. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Ed Emery, who in the past had proposed similar bills but they failed to pass. Currently, Missouri charges a 4.225 percent sales tax, in addition to city and county taxes.
The measure was sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery. Other supporters included Sen. Chuck Purgason who said that the measure would give citizens more control over not only taxes but also their expenses. Supporters additionally argued that the measure would save people more money than the currently implemented tax system.
Opponents argued that the measure primarily benefited wealthy people rather than middle class or low-income citizens. Additionally they argued that the measure would add taxes to items not currently taxed (i.e. daycare and private school).
Path to the ballot
In order to qualify for the ballot, the measure required approval from both the House and the Senate. However, the measure did not garner the required legislative approval as of May 14, 2010, the end of the 2010 legislative session.
State of Missouri
Jefferson City (capital)
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