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(KPLR) – In Monday's Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at approaching cuts in Missouri’s public schools:

It's an uncertain world out there. But while most things are changing, it's good to know a few things remain dependable. Like Missouri lawmakers. Because when bad ideas are made the Missouri legislature will make them.

The latest comes in the form of an amazingly bad idea disguised as a tax cut. The Missouri legislature passed a bill slashing state income taxes and raising the Missouri state sales tax slightly. The result? A shortfall of anywhere between 600 million and 800 million dollars per year in the state budget.

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed it. But fearing that the legislature will override the veto, he's decided to withhold millions of dollars from the state school system. He says that's because he wants schools to be prepared in case even bigger cuts are needed, if lawmakers override the veto and the income tax cut becomes law.

Public schools around the state are worried. Number one, the governors withholding money they were counting on. But number two and more importantly, they're worried that the legislature will ovberride the veto, slash income taxes and make things much, much worse for schools in the state.

A lot of the anti-tax radicals in the Missouri legislature don't care, because a lot of them don’t like public education anyway. They prefer religious schools or home schooling. They call the public schools, government schools. And in their minds, it doesn’t matter if public schools are damaged by an extreme tax cut plan. Well, we're the ones who elected them.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.

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