Monday, March 20, 2017
Davis, White back property tax credit for senior citizen renters, end up on losing side
As reported last week in the Turner Report, Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, and Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, voted against a bill which opens the doors for charter schools in several areas of the state, including Joplin and Springfield.
Rep. Bill Lant, R-Pineville, Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Seneca, Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, and Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, voted in favor of the bill.
Lant, Reiboldt, Kelley, and Smith voted for the bill.
From the Joplin Globe:
White said many seniors are on ‘shoestring budgets.’ Renters who rely on the money from the tax credit to stay in their homes could, without the money, have to move into nursing homes. White said they wouldn't be able to live in low-income housing, especially in Joplin, as there are already 150 people on the waiting list to get in a home. ‘There's a lot of dignity in being independent,’ said White.”
The final vote was 85-72.