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Tax Cuts, Student Transfers May Dominate Missouri Legislature's 2014 Session

Tim Jones on Day 1 of Session
House Speaker Tim Jones and other Republican lawmakers on opening day of Missouri's 2014 legislative session/Credit: Marshall Griffin

The Missouri General Assembly’s 2014 session is underway.  As St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, the first day sounded a lot like last year’s session.

In his opening remarks, GOP House Speaker Tim Jones laid out his agenda for this year’s regular session, which includes medical malpractice reform, making Missouri a right-to-work state, and cutting taxes.

“Missourians need and want lower taxes…Missourians also want us to engage in significant reforms of our tax credit system, (and) end our governor’s practice of picking winners and losers via a centralized planning authority,” Jones said.

Senate GOP leaders say their top priority is finding a solution to Missouri’s student transfer law. 

Democrats, meanwhile, also want to address student transfers, but say their top priority is expanding Medicaid, which Republicans strongly oppose.