A Missouri House committee has released its recommendation on the earnings tax, which is paid by people who work and live in Kansas City and St. Louis. The recommendation from Rep. Jim Murphy, R-St. Louis County, calls for a gradual phase-out of the tax tied to pre-determined revenue increases.

As for the state Senate, President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, is not a fan of the earnings tax.

“It’s not good public policy as it relates to taxing folks in that way,” Rowden said. “Missourians…Senator Eigel and I don’t agree on everything, but we do agree on the fact that we’re taxed too much, and we’re taxed in a very non cohesive way.”

Senate Democratic Leader John Rizzo, who represents the Kansas City area, said that the earnings tax receives a great deal of support in both cities.

“Overwhelmingly supported,” he said. “It also funds things like police, fire, ambulance in Kansas City, trash pickup. I mean, it overwhelmingly gains support. There are remedies to this, if people don’t like the e-tax, they can vote against it.”

Rizzo said the tax is not Jefferson City’s call.

“Whenever they don’t like something that primarily democratic locally elected officials do, they try to butt in,” said Rizzo. “Win the election. There’s going to be another e-tax election. They have to get it renewed, right, as they should. I don’t know if it needs to be every five years.”

Murphy also recommends that the earnings tax should be indexed to exempt low-income workers.

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