A Democratic lawmaker from central Missouri’s Columbia is accusing Republicans of rushing the state budget through the Missouri House.

State Rep. Adrian Plank said lawmakers only had three hours to go over what changes the House Budget Committee made from the governor’s proposal, when normally they have several days to go through it line-by-line.

“It was done that way on purpose,” Plank told Missourinet affiliate KWIX in Moberly. “Cody Smith, who is the chair of the budget committee, I don’t want to say it was kind of an authoritarian type of move but he didn’t want (the budget bills) to be vetted because…he wanted to make his own decisions and that’d be it.”

Plank also criticized a proposal to get rid of the corporate income tax, saying there needs to be money for roads and education.

“I’m not just saying that we’re not going to do anything, (but) we can’t grow Missouri’s budget,” he said. “We can’t do that, we can’t advocate for infrastructure. We can’t do any of that because (Republicans are) too worried about giving tax break(s) to their wealthy donors.”

In addition, Plank blamed “misplaced priorities” in the House for infrastructure projects not being funded in small towns.

“No, I don’t like paying taxes any more than anybody else. I don’t want my property taxes would be too high, I don’t want any of that,” he said. “But we also have to understand there’s a reason for those taxes and that’s your money and that needs to be spent on your communities.”

Lawmakers have until May 10th to send the final version of next year’s state budget to Gov. Mike Parson.

Written by J.B. Connoley, KWIX in Moberly.

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