GOP’s House Committee Bill 3 Burdens Older and Disabled Missourians
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As a Senate budget panel is expected to meet this morning, the Missouri Democratic Party is criticizing Missouri’s Republican lawmakers in Jefferson City for supporting House Committee Bill 3, which would increase costs and make it more difficult for older and disabled Missourians to stay in their homes.
In particular, the proposal slashes the popular “circuit breaker” tax credit for renters, eliminating vital resources for over 100,000 Missouri renters, according to the Missouri Budget Project. In 2016, the “circuit breaker” tax credit helped a total of over 190,000 older and disabled Missourians stay in their homes.
“Supporting a maneuver to increase costs and make it more difficult for older and disabled Missourians to stay in their homes might be a new low for Missouri’s Republicans in Jefferson City – never mind that the GOP tried to sneak this proposal by the public in the dark of night,” said Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “Missouri’s Republicans simply don’t care about working Missourians, just as long as they don’t upset big corporations and special interests.”
- According to the Missouri Budget Project, “Missouri’s circuit breaker property tax credit helped 193,561 seniors & people with disabilities with fixed incomes stay in their homes. More than 100,000 of those were renters.” The Missouri Budget Project outlines that to qualify for the credit a renter’s income must be less than $30,000.