House votes to take away tax credits from elderly and disabled renters
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House votes to take away tax credits from elderly and disabled renters

Date: May 9, 2013
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 350

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The Missouri House approved a plan to take away tax credits for lower income elderly renters in order to balance next year's budget.
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Wrap: The Missouri House voted to take away what legislative staff estimate is $57 million in property tax credits from the state's low income elderly and disabled renters. 

Governor Nixon originally supported the plan as part of a broader tax credit reform package.

But Republicans say Nixon now flipped his stance on the issue to stick legislators with the problem.  

Even some Democrats, like Jackson County Representative Jeremy LaFaver spoke out against the governor and this plan.

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Description: "This just in, you guys don't have a monopoly on bad ideas. Sometimes the second floor comes up with them too and this is one of them."

The plan now goes to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
The Missouri House passed next years budget but it's also putting programs for elderly renters on the chopping block.
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Wrap: Immediately after passing next year's budget, the Missouri House voted to take away $57 million in property tax credits from low income elderly and disabled renters. 

Repealing the so-called "circuit breaker tax credits" was part of a plan to balance the state's budget.

Governor Nixon originally supported the plan as part of a broader tax credit reform--one that hasn't been passed yet.  

Republican Farmington Representative Kevin Engler says the governor folded like an oragami bird.

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Description: "He folded so fast when he says oh okay, I can't stand up to the pressure it's your problem now. Senate you already passed it, it's your problem."

The plan now goes to the governor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.


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