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Opponents challenge Missouri income tax repeal summary and fiscal note

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March 4, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri: A proposed income tax repeal initiative in Missouri may be headed to court less than a month following state approval for petition circulation.

The suit was brought by a group called Missourians for Fair Taxation, opponents of the proposed measure. Attorneys Khristine Heisinger and Chuck Hatfield filed the challenge that calls into question the proposed measure's ballot summary and fiscal note.[1]

Specifically, the lawsuit calls into question the ballot summary drafted by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. The group calls the summary, "insufficient, unfair and likely to deceive and mislead voters." The group specifically points to the fact that the text currently states that the measure would impose an expanded sales tax. That, they said is not the case. The measure would instead mandate that the legislature impose one but they argue that the text does not specifically state what would happen if the legislature refused.[1]

Additionally, the lawsuit argues that State Auditor Tom Schweich failed to differentiate between the nine filed initiatives and could have estimated the fiscal impacts based on information provided by state agencies, supporters and opponents.[1]

A total of nine related initiatives were filed with the state of Missouri. All nine versions can be found here: version 1a, 2a, 3a, 4a, 5a, 6a, 7a, 8a, 9a.

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