Senate Advances Benevolent Tax Credit Increase

This week, the Missouri Senate gave first round approval to legislation that would increase the cap on several benevolent tax credits that benefit the hungry, women facing crisis pregnancies, and at-risk youth. As originally filed, SB 638, sponsored by Senator Gary Romine (R-Farmington), would increase the amount of tax credits available for pregnancy resource centers and food pantries by $500,000.

During debate, however, Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) offered an amendment increasing the tax credit for maternity homes, which offer temporary housing and assistance to women facing crisis pregnancies, by $500,000. In addition, Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) offered an amendment to increase the tax credit for at-risk youth who do not receive enough to eat by increasing the tax credit for the youth opportunity program by $500,000. The bill faces one more vote in the Senate before being considered by the House.


Posted: April 18, 2014

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