low-income seniors http://kbia.org en Last minute politics: finding funding after a veto http://kbia.org/post/last-minute-politics-finding-funding-after-veto <p></p><p>Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation that could patch a hole in the state budget for early childhood programs and health care for the blind.</p><p>A bill given final approval Friday would transfer $55 million from general revenues into a new fund to finance the programs. The move was necessary because the 2014 budget passed last week by lawmakers called for funding the programs with savings from the repeal of a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing. Fri, 17 May 2013 19:30:44 +0000 Associated Press 33951 at http://kbia.org Last minute politics: finding funding after a veto Mo. lawmakers vote to repeal renters tax break http://kbia.org/post/mo-lawmakers-vote-repeal-renters-tax-break <p></p><p>More than 100,000 low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing could lose a tax break under a bill given final approval by Missouri lawmakers.</p><p>The bill passed Thursday would eliminate a tax break of up to $750 annually for individuals and redirect the nearly $57 million of savings to existing state programs.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:13:24 +0000 Person: Associated Press 33466 at http://kbia.org Mo. lawmakers vote to repeal renters tax break Boone County organizations work to keep tax break http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-organizations-work-keep-tax-break <p>The Missouri State Senate has passed legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities living in rental properties. According to Jessica Macy, the executive director of the Boone County Council on Aging, this tax break allows seniors to pay their bills and improve their quality of life.</p><p>“This is really money that really helps offset their everyday living expenses,” Macy said.</p><p>Macy said the tax break allows seniors to support local businesses by using their money to purchase necessities, such as groceries and prescriptions.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:34:50 +0000 Jill Ornitz 31647 at http://kbia.org Boone County organizations work to keep tax break