Missouri should return Expected Surplus to Taxpayers, Not Overspend
Americans for Prosperity Resumes Call for Spending Cap Legislation
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri, the state’s leading voice for fiscal responsibility and low taxes, is urging Governor Nixon and the state legislature to return any expected budget surplus to the taxpayers rather than spending it on 2nd-tier spending items.
“The expected budget surplus came from hardworking taxpayers and should go back to them or a rainy day fund and not start another spending spree,” explained Patrick Werner, Missouri state director of Americans for Prosperity. “The state legislature should use this new revenue increase to “give back” to the taxpayers who earned that money or put it into a fund for years when revenue is lower.”
AFP drew attention to the expected surplus as an example for why the state should pass a spending cap to protect taxpayers from overspending. Last year AFP led the charge for spending cap legislation. That legislation was passed overwhelmingly in the state house but did not recieve sufficient support in the state senate to appear on the ballot this past November.
“Missouri needs a spending cap bill to protect taxpayers from spendthrift politicians. We urge both houses of the Missouri legislature to pass a spending cap bill this year,” Werner continued.