Tax Legislation Veto

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Thursday that would have allowed communities to resume levying local taxes on vehicle purchases.

Nixon said the legislation amounted to a new tax without a public vote, and in his veto message to lawmakers called the bill “an affront to every Missourian who has not yet had the opportunity to vote on whether to impose” the tax. Missourians long have paid state and local taxes for vehicle purchases when they register their cars, trucks and other vehicles. But the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that local sales taxes cannot be levied when the purchase was made in another state. The ruling also applied when an individual sells a vehicle to another Missouri resident.