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Missouri House Passes Burlison's Benevolent Tax Credits Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that would reestablish tax credits for donors to charitable organizations.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that would reestablish tax credits for donors to charitable organizations.

The legislation was carried by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, who said restoration of the charitable tax credits is good news for food banks, pregnancy resource centers and child crisis nurseries.

"This way, which is enabling the taxpayers to respond out of their heart and give from their own hard earned money toward the needs that they think are most important in their community, in my opinion, is the best way to handle the charitable needs of our state," he said.

House Speaker Tim Jones, speaking with reporters soon after the vote, said the tax credits are necessary for struggling community service agencies.

"It is a true, effective private-public partnership in allowing our institutions, our charitable organizations, our pregnancy resource centers across the state to provide and do the heavy lifting in areas that government simply would be ineffective in," he said.

The legislation had been stalled in recent years because some lawmakers opposed the renewal of any tax credits without reform to the state's massive tax credit code.

The Senate has already passed similar legislation. The House bill now heads back to the Senate.

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