Restoring care for 8,000 Missourians likely means cutting tax credit for seniors

Lawmakers will likely look to limit a property tax credit for seniors and people with disabilities in order to restore funding for in-home health for about 8,000 Missourians.

Cutting the tax credit in order to offset in-home and nursing care cuts made by the state has been on the table since Gov. Eric Greitens released his budget in early February.

Lawmakers winnowed down the proposed number of affected Missourians from about 20,000 to 8,000 in subsequent months, though their plan to sweep through various state funds to stave off cuts to services for one year was vetoed and condemned by Greitens as a “fake” and unconstitutional solution.

House Budget Chair Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, says several options are on the table, and all involve some manner of limiting the senior tax credit, which is also sometimes called the “circuit breaker” credit, to free up $50 million.

Fitzpatrick and Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, were tasked by top legislators with leading the effort to find a funding solution. During the mid-September veto session, lawmakers discussed ways to restore funding but delayed action until the Cunningham-Fitzpatrick task force reported back.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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