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Lobbyist Money Help  

Tax Break for the Poor?

April 23, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

The House of Representatives voted to give low income Missourians a tax break, but the measure stands little chance of becoming law. Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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Republican Joe Murphy from St. Louis county offered an amendment that would mean anyone who earns sixteen thuosand dollars a year or less pays no state income tax. Murphy says the government shouldn't make business help the working poor by raising the minimum wage if the government won't help them with a tax break.

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Contents: Murphy said, "If we have a concern for those at the poverty level, for God's sake, why do we tax them? It just doesn't make any sense."

Murphy said his low income tax break would save workers about sixty-two million dollars. The measure still has to pass at least two more votes in the house before it could go to the senate. From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.