Lawmakers conflicted over DMV fees, stopping tax credits for older renters

3 months 11 hours 53 minutes ago Wednesday, April 18 2018 Apr 18, 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:21:00 PM CDT April 18, 2018 in News
By: Lydia Nusbaum, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – A majority of Republicans passed a tax bill Tuesday night, but it is still drawing some criticism from members of the GOP.

Some lawmakers scrutinized the decision to increase DMV fees.

The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, said raising the motor vehicles fees would help pay for infrastructure in the state. 

“That’s how we’re going to raise $2 billion for roads and bridges of the next 10 years," he said.

Other representatives want to raise the fuel tax instead, but Haahr argues the fuel tax is a declining source of revenue for the roads. He said cars are becoming more fuel efficient, which means people will eventually not buy as much gas.

He said he believes increasing DMV fees will help provide enough funds in the future.

Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, voted against the bill and thinks a gas tax should be raised, so big trucks traveling through the state pay their fair share to help pay for roads.

“I see all these big semis using our roads and they wouldn’t bear the burden of an increased tax load that would all fall on Missourians if we’re just raising fees on your license tax,” he said.

More opposition to the bill centers on getting rid of a tax credit for older renters. It's known as the circuit breaker tax credit. Currently older people renting houses and the owners of the houses receive the state tax credit, which is meant to help pay for property taxes.

Many Republicans voted for the bill to end the credit for older renters, saying they are not the ones paying the property taxes.  

“I think there is a difference between owning and renting," Frederick said. "I think when you’re an owner you have some risk.”

He said an owner has the risk of losing his or her capital, like a house, if something happens.

“Whereas if you’re a renter, you can just leave and you don’t have those obligations,” Frederick said.

Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, voted against the bill and said he thinks renters need the credit. 

“I would argue, if anyone needs that money the most, it’s those that can’t even afford to own a home,” Meredith said. 

The tax bill would also decrease the individual income tax rate by a half point to 5.5 percent. It would reduce the corporate tax rate from 6.25 to 5 percent.

Merideth said the bill shouldn't be passed right now, because the public’s attention is focused on Gov. Eric Greitens' scandals, and not on the large 400-page tax bill. In February Greitens was indicted on invasion of privacy. Several lawmakers are calling on him to resign.

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri sheriff and a subordinate have been indicted on multiple felonies following a... More >>
8 minutes ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Florida man suspected of shooting a trooper is hospitalized in... More >>
22 minutes ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:19:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from... More >>
25 minutes ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The United States Air Force (USAF) Band of Mid-America is partnering with Columbia Parks and Recreation to present... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to clarify his controversial comments about Holocaust deniers Wednesday afternoon, hours after... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:33:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Four National Handball Champions are coming to Columbia Saturday. Wilson’s Fitness on Forum Boulevard is hosting its... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:35:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
MARIES COUNTY - At the City of Belle Fair, officers arrested a sex offender carrying a stun-gun Wednesday night. ... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:47:00 AM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was shot to death on Sunday after shooting three Kansas City police officers... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:33:33 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper who was shot in southwest Missouri has been released... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:28:02 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Run-down buildings, scuffed up sidewalks and empty lots are what people first see when they exit off I-70... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:23:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The white former interim police chief of St. Louis is alleging discrimination based on race in... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:20:28 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Japanese beetles are swarming mid-Missouri in the tens of thousands, wreaking havoc on gardens, crops and trees. ... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:18:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:13:07 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Wednesday, Governor Parson issued an executive order putting nearly half of the counties in Missouri under... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:12:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri state representative has unblocked a critic from her Twitter account after he sued. ... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:10:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City-area woman has been charged with letting men rape her 2-year-old daughter. Twenty-five-year-old... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:12:46 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
HARRISBURG - A town rocked by tragedy continues to heal after the man responsible for the car crash that killed... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:57:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man following an investigation into alleged sexual abuse, and charges were filed in the... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:05:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
3pm 88°
4pm 91°
5pm 90°
6pm 87°