The Coalition for Missouri’s Future thanks legislators for responding to their constituents and members of the Coalition who made their voices heard regarding the need to reject the budget-busting tax breaks passed on the last day of the legislative session.

While the Coalition is relieved that Missouri’s ability to fund education, infrastructure, and other services was not made worse by additional veto overrides, the Show-Me state still faces a dire budget outlook. As a result of the massive income tax cuts enacted in the last legislative session, it will be increasingly difficult for Missouri to fund even the basic services that Missourians need to prosper and for our state to compete.

Missouri needs an effective public education system – from quality early learning all the way through world class, affordable colleges and universities – efficient and effective transportation infrastructure, adequately funded social services, and reliable public safety to succeed in the 21st century knowledge-based economy.

Given the looming fiscal cliff facing Missouri, we urge elected officials to talk with their constituents about Missouri’s future and develop comprehensive economic development and tax policy legislation that invests in education, infrastructure and other critical services for all Missourians, grows Missouri’s economy, and keeps our state competitive.

The Coalition for Missouri’s Future will continue to grow and work with communities statewide to move this vital conversation forward.