JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Speaker Tim Jones issued the following statement in response to the governor’s remarks regarding the tax cut legislation :

“Once again the governor has made it clear that he is a tax and spend bureaucrat who would prefer to grow the size of government rather than invest in the families and businesses of this state.  While the members of the General Assembly simply want hard-working Missourians to keep more of their hard earned paychecks, the governor continues to use false rhetoric and politically motivated deceptions to paint the first cut to our income tax in nearly a century as an attack on public education.

The truth is that my colleagues and I in the legislature have taken education funding to record levels and will continue to do so even as we look for ways to allow Missourians to keep more of their wages.  We know that a tax cut will spur the kind of job creation and economic growth that will result in increased revenues and even more funding for our public schools.  If the governor wants to continue to work against this pro-growth plan that has worked in so many other states, the legislature will stand ready to defend Missouri taxpayers.”