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April 21, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | By: AP
Missouri Senate budgeters are moving forward as if a plan to eliminate a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled renters will fail. Republican Chairman Dan Brown on Thursday said that means the Senate Appropriations Committee needs to cut at least $52 million in proposed spending for next fiscal year.
A House plan would end the tax break in order to spare other services for the elderly and disabled. Brown said raising taxes on low-income seniors and disabled renters would have brought in between $52 million and $56 million in revenue.
But that proposal met with pushback. Senate Democrats spoke overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning to block a vote on the bill. So, Brown said he's moving forward as if "that ship's sailed.''
The budget crunch comes amid lagging revenues.