- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Man sentenced to life for killing mother, burning her body; mouth taped shut at hearing (1/20/18)
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)10
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Young author gave up TV at age 7 to pursue writing, and has recently finished his third novel (1/20/18)
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
- Cinderella shines in debut at Bedell (1/20/18)
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer; whether disease transferable to humans unknown (1/18/18)
- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
A change in Missouri's tax laws has raised the ire of some Kansas politicians, including that state's governor, Kathleen Sebelius. In this year's session, Missouri legislators repealed a deduction for out-of-state residents who work in Missouri, which allowed taxpayers to deduct the property taxes they pay on their out-of-state homes when they itemized their Missouri income taxes. Kansas, like some other nearby states, allow a similar deduction for Missourians.
A good number of Kansans work in Kansas City, St. Joseph and Joplin in Missouri and have taken advantage of the deduction. But across the state, Illinois residents who work in Missouri have enjoyed the tax break while Missourians who work in Illinois have not. Legislators this year decided to eliminate the deduction across the board, putting the state on equal footing with Illinois but upsetting the deduction trade-off with Kansas.
Gov. Matt Blunt has responded to the Kansas governor with a pledge to seek a repeal of this year's change. But legislative leaders -- both Democrats and Republicans -- say they aren't sure they want to reverse what they've done.
Key to the issue is the fact that, while Missouri would gain an estimated $11 million in revenue and Kansas would lose about $5 million because of this year's change in the Missouri law, Kansas taxpayers would wind up paying the same total tax bill. Kansans who pay more Missouri tax would see offsetting reductions in their Kansas taxes.
Rather than legislative sniping, it might be best for officials from both states -- and other states with similar arrangements -- to hash out this issue and come up with a plan that treats taxpayers in all states the same. Under such a system, taxpayers who choose to live in one state and work in another would know exactly what the consequences are.