State Programs Could Come to an End
JEFFERSON CITY - Just like the state lawmakers who write them, Missouri programs have term limits. And the clock is running low for several of them.
A 2003 state law makes new government programs and tax credits expire after six years. Lawmakers can extend them for up to an additional 12 years -- but must pass another bill to do so.
This year, state lawmakers allowed to expire a trust fund paying for the recording of military veterans stories. A joint legislative committee is reviewing five more programs due to end next year, including a tax credit for donors to food pantries.
Supporters of the tax credit say it has spurred donations. They say need has increased over the last 18 months because of the poor economy.