Springfield News-Leader, April 20
Lawmakers should agree on these 3 tax changes
As legislators work through constructing the next state budget — something that’s harder for everyone to focus on these days — there will be plenty of debate about which institutions need more funding, which programs are bloated and inefficient, and what to do about tax rates.
“Look at North Carolina, tax cuts are great!”
“Look at Kansas, tax cuts are terrible!”
Obviously, it’s more complicated than that. Legislators should look for ways to let businesses grow without sending the state down a dangerous path of financial instability.
We haven’t always taken the smartest steps in that regard. Recent and future tax breaks have budget wonks worried about our long-term health, concerned that we won’t be able to maintain our roads, care for folks with disabilities or provide workforce training.
Some of those experts at the Missouri Budget Project, a nonprofit organization that uses research and analysis to champion smart public policy, have suggested a few keys to focus on this year. We believe they’ve identified solutions the parties can agree on before they get into the trenches for those other budget debates.
One of those issues is something we’ve written about often. In the past, we’ve called it streamlining sales tax. It’s also referred