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Kurt Schaefer

Today in the Star: "You know a state has problems when lawmakers recommend taking money from the blind and the poor to spare colleges and universities from harmful cuts. In Missouri’s case, the problems include hostility toward a governor seen as autocratic on budget matters, and a callousness toward the poor which rears its ugly head all too often. But the core issue is the refusal by Gov. Jay Nixon and legislators to find new sources of revenue for a chronically underfunded state. Whether it be reining in tax credits, collecting taxes on Internet purchases or supporting a higher tobacco tax, Missouri’s leaders refuse to take the tough steps that would lead to long-term fiscal health.

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