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Area Organizations Join 'No Override' Coalition

Steve Bell

The AARP, Independence School District and mental health organization Re-discover have joined more than 40 others to form a coalition to quash the movement to override Gov. Nixon's veto of the GOP House Bill 253 tax cuts.

Representatives of the three organizations held a news conference at the AARP offices on Ward Parkway Monday.

Superintendent Dale Herl said the tax cut would likely cost Independence schools $5.8 million while saving middle class families very little. Herl said a family of four with an income of $48,000 would only end up with a $6 per year tax cut.

The speakers also predicted major cuts to mental health services and tax increases for senior citizens.

Supporters of the override say those predictions are based on an exaggerated “worst case scenario.” They believe the tax cuts will end up producing more state revenues.

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