Missouri Lawmakers Heading Toward Veto Showdown With Governor Over Taxes, Guns and Unions
In many cases, Nixon drew a sharp philosophical line. He warned that tax cuts could jeopardize education funding, the gun bill would violate the U.S. Constitution and the union requirements would burden public employees.
Missouri’s GOP supermajority reflects a national trend of consolidated political power. All but four states now have single-party control of their legislatures, the highest amount in three decades. And almost half the states now have legislatures in which one party holds enough seats to override vetoes without help from the opposing party.
That political dominance creates a disincentive for compromise and the potential for legislatures to dramatically reshape public policies. But that holds true only if the newly enlarged majorities don’t splinter into factions, pitting moderates against conservatives or liberals.