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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Republicans are sticking together this year in their quest to enact an income tax cut.

The House passed a pair of tax cut plans Thursday on party-line votes, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition.

That's a stark contrast from last September, when 15 House Republicans splintered from the majority to prevent an override of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut.

House Speaker Tim Jones says Thursday's solid Republican vote should be a signal for Nixon to work with lawmakers on tax cuts.

Nixon denounced the bills as "fiscally irresponsible experiments" that would funnel money away from schools.

Nixon has said he will sign an income tax cut only if it protects school funding and also reins in state tax credits.

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