JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens’ tax commission continues moving forward with their work, meeting again following the end of the legislative session.
As legislators headed home following a lengthy week in the Missouri General Assembly, it only stood to reason that the majority of the committee would attend Monday’s meeting by phone. In fact, the only members to appear in person were Chairman Joel Walters and Cole County’s representative, Jay Barnes.
Last week, the commission stopped accepting written comments from the public, but the big news from the committee now is that they have finally set the times and venues for their four proposed town hall events.
The purpose of these events is to create a forum in which the committee may collect public opinions on issues surrounding Missouri’s taxes. The first of these town halls is scheduled to take place this Wednesday, March 17, at Northwest Missouri State University, located in Maryville.
Here’s the full schedule of town halls:
Wednesday, May 17th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
JW Jones Student Union
NW Missouri State University Boardroom
800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468
Monday, May 22nd from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hannibal Nutrition Center
219 South 10th Street
Hannibal, MO 63401
Friday, June 2nd from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
1625 North Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Wednesday, June 7th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Main Conference Room
202 South John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO 65806
The committee on Monday also continued receiving testimony on the state’s tax policies, with presentations from Douglas L. Lindholm, the President and Executive Director of the Council On State Taxation (COST), Dr. Robert Cline, a senior advisor with OECD, and a representative from the Missouri Society of CPAs.
The next meeting will be Monday, May 22, at noon in the Truman Building. The commission must file their report by
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