KC-area state senator appointed to Missouri Tax Commission | Political Fix

A Kansas City-area lawmaker resigned his post Monday after Gov. Eric Greitens appointed him to the Missouri Tax Commission.

Now-former state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, still must receive confirmation from the state Senate to join the three-member panel, which oversees assessments. 

Kraus will take the place of Ryan McKenna, a Democrat appointed in December by former Gov. Jay Nixon. When reached by phone, McKenna said the post has been vacant since February because he was only appointed on an interim basis and never confirmed by the Senate.

In a news release, Kraus pointed to his experience in the Legislature pushing tax reform proposals.

“Being an advocate for smaller government and lower taxes has been the cornerstone of my legislative career,” he said.

In 2014, Kraus sponsored Senate Bill 509, a proposal that took effect after the GOP-led Legislature overrode a veto from then-Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

The measure outlines a gradual reduction in Missouri’s personal income tax rate over five years, from 6 percent to 5.5 percent. It also instituted a new deduction for business income reported on individual returns.

Estimates then said the legislation would reduce state revenue collections by $620 million annually when fully implemented. 

Kraus’ resignation sets up a Nov. 7 special election in the suburban Kansas City district he represented, which tilts Republican.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced Monday two other special elections to be held Nov. 7.

Rep. Tila Hubrecht, R-Dexter, resigned her post earlier this summer to return to nursing, she said. A Kansas City Democrat, Rep. Randy Dunn, also announced his resignation in May.

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