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Tax credits erupts the state House

Date: March 7, 2007
By: Fanna Haile-Selassie
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 808

Intro: House Democrats and Republicans fought each other across and within party lines on whether the St. Louis and Kansas city school systems should be allowed exclusive tax credits to lower income parents who want to put their children in private schools.  Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-suh-LAH-say) heard the debate. RunTime:
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Description: This is not about Republican, this is not about Democrat, this is about giving children a fair share in life.

For three and a half hours, Democrats and Republicans argued against and amongst themselves over a house bill that would give exclusive tax credits to parents who want to send their children to private schools. 

Many legislators against the tax credits called the bill a voucher bill that is taking money from public schools to private ones.

The sponsor of the bill, Republican Carl Bearden says the public school system in St. Louis City and Kansas City failed.

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Description: They say give the tax credits to the public school program, but how much more money do we have to spend on a failed program.

With a ninety-six to sixty-two vote, the bill failed in the House Chamber.

From the state Capitol, Fanna Haile-Selassie, KMOX News.


Intro: Several black Democrats in the state House turned the issue of whether the cites of St. Louis and Kansas city should allow tax credits to lower income parents with children who go to private school, to an issue for Blacks to get a better education.  Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-suh-LAH-say) got the arguments.  RunTime:
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Several Black House Democrats spoke out against their party for not supporting tax credits to lower income families.

Their arguments were to get lower income black students a better education in failing school districts like St. Louis City.

Representative Rodney Hubbard called out to his party to make a good decision.

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Description: If you really consider yourself to be a strong Democrat and you care about African Americans, please give them a choice.


After a three and a half hour debate, the bill was defeated in the House.

From the state Capitol, Fanna Haile-Selassie, KMOX News.


Intro: A bill to give tax credits exclusively to St. Louis and Kansas City lower income families affects for private schools affects all of Missouri argues Columbia's representative. Fanna (FAUNA) Haile-Selassie (HIGH-lay-suh-LAH-say) heard his opinion. RunTime:
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Several Kansas City and St. Louis representatives argued for hours Wednesday afternoon about giving tax credits to lower income families with children in private schools.

Even mid Missouri representatives dove into the arguments.

Columbia's Representative Ed Robb pushed for the bill to pass.

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Description: The time has come for Missouri and this body to provide the children of this state an adequate education.

With a thirty-four vote difference, the bill was defeated in the state House.

From the state Capitol, Fanna Haile-Selassie, KMOX News.