Republicans won a huge majority in the Missouri Legislature last week and are promising some major changes.
Gleeful Republicans in the Missouri House of Representatives said Wednesday that they will use their historic majority to make state government smaller and Missouri more business-friendly.
Speaker-elect Steve Tilley said their agenda will include a measure eliminating the state income tax and replacing it with a higher sales tax. The so-called "fair tax" is a priority of retired St. Louis financier Rex Sinquefield, who has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawmakers, Tilley among them.
Republicans picked up a record-breaking 17 House seats in Tuesday's election. They knocked off 10 Democratic incumbents representing every corner of the state and seized seven open seats held by retiring Democrats.
The results gave the GOP a 106-57 lock on the chamber. Never before has the party held that many House seats.
Tilley said legislators have a mandate to pursue the GOP's top priority: creating jobs. He said the House will focus on revamping state taxes, business regulations and the legal system.
Should be an interesting time. The Republicans don't have a veto-proof majority in the State Senate, so whatever they want to do will have to get past the Democrat governor or get some Democrat votes in the Senate.