Will the R’s or D’s pass a state tax income credit before the end of Leg. session?

Missouri Democrats are accusing Republicans of copying one of their budget proposals. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Yesterday, House Minority Leader Democrat Crystal Quade accused Republicans of proposing a similar measure that they voted against last week.

On Tuesday, April 5, Democrat Kevin Windham of St. Louis offered an amendment to House Bill 3020 that sought to provide cash assistance to low- or moderate-income Missourians of up to $1,000 per household.

The Republican-controlled House defeated the amendment on a largely party-line vote of 41-85. Yesterday, House Budget Chairman Cody Smith, a Republican from Carthage, filed House Bill 3021, which would provide a non-refundable state income tax credit of $500 for an individual or $1,000 for a married couple filing jointly.

The Democratic version was targeted toward low and middle-income Missouri families. In contrast, the Republican version contained no income threshold. The final day of the Legislative Session is one month from today on Friday, May 13.

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