Plan to end tax break for Missouri seniors, disabled stalls

3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, April 20 2017 Apr 20, 2017 Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Senate budgeters are moving forward as if a plan to eliminate a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled renters will fail.

Republican Chairman Dan Brown on Thursday said that means the Senate Appropriations Committee needs to cut at least $52 million in proposed spending for next fiscal year.

A House plan would end the tax break in order to spare other services for the elderly and disabled. Brown said raising taxes on low-income seniors and disabled renters would have brought in between $52 million and $56 million in revenue.

But that proposal's met pushback. Senate Democrats spoke overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning to block a vote on the bill.

So Brown said he's moving forward as if "that ship's sailed."

The budget crunch comes amid lagging revenues.

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