The amount of historic preservation tax credits authorized in Missouri has dropped for the fourth consecutive year. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri only authorized $93.9 million in credits during the 2013 fiscal year. That is about a $5 million decrease from the previous fiscal year.
The historic preservation credit is the most expensive credits in Missouri. In 2009, the program peaked with $212 million authorized. The program gives developers authorized tax credits to lower the cost of refurbishing historic buildings.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is planning to allow Elk hunting starting in 2016.
The Columbia Missourian reports the plan is contingent on the Elk population growing to at least 200. The conservation department has been working on growing the Elk population since 2010. The Department been bringing elk into Missouri from Kentucky in an effort to reintroduce the population into the state.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law today help military veterans. One bill allows veterans to receive lower in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in the state of Missouri after they leave the military.
Veterans are required to gain Missouri residency to receive the lower tuition rates. In order to obtain residency students must live in the state for 12 consecutive months, get a Missouri driver's license and earn two thousand dollars. Nixon spent the day promoting the measures at events in Springfield and Cape Girardeau.
The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA Wedensday. It’s a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.
For the states that have legalized gay marriage (12 of them, and the District of Columbia), it’s clear what the impact of this decision will be for same-sex couples in those states. Their spouses will now be entitled to the same federal benefits as straight couples, which was not the case in the past. But the result is murkier in the other 38 states where gay marriage is not legally protected (like in Missouri).