Parson names two members to commission that oversees low-income housing credits

Gov. Mike Parson on Monday named two new members to the Missouri Housing Development Commission, which oversees the state’s low-income housing tax credits.

Last year, former Gov. Eric Greitens and his allies on the commission voted against issuing any low-incoming housing credits through the program. That prevented Missouri from matching about $140 million in federal credits and made waves among developers in the state.

Parson has been a backer of the low-income housing credits, which have drawn criticism for being inefficient. The governor has praised the program for encouraging development in poor areas.

The new appointees to the panel are:

  • Mark Elliff, Carthage – CEO and director of Economic Development at Carthage Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick McDowell, Parkville – President and CEO of Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council

In a statement announcing the new commissioners, Parson said the state wouldn’t issue tax credits until “substantial reforms are enacted.”

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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