Missouri bill would cancel state income taxes for military

4 years 1 month 3 days ago Friday, March 04 2016 Mar 4, 2016 Friday, March 04, 2016 11:24:00 AM CST March 04, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Active-duty Missourians stationed in the state wouldn't pay state income taxes under a bill that has won passage in the state Senate.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the Senate's 31-0 vote on Thursday sends the measure to the House. Officials from Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base were on hand for the vote because they were in the state Capitol for Military Appreciation Day.

Sen. David Pearce, a Warrensburg Republican, whose district includes Whiteman, co-sponsored the bill. He says the measure makes Missouri a "more military friendly state." Pearce says Whiteman has about 7,000 employees and Fort Leonard Wood about 36,000.

Passing the change into state law could cost the state more than $12 million in general revenue.

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