While the Missouri House shot down legislation that would fund numerous projects with federal stimulus money, they approved a separate plan to lower the state's income tax.
That plan was proposed last week as a two-year cut in the income tax from 6 percent to 5.5 percent. But House Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt, R-Blue Springs, attached an amendment that would make the reduction permanent.
The bill passed the House 86-66. But it faces a rough road in the Senate. And even if it makes it through there, it could face opposition from Gov. Jay Nixon. That lead Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, to deride the bill as an "imaginary" tax cut.