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Federal Health Care Act Would Strain MO’s Budget, Health Care

**Note: The recently released Senate discussion draft would further cut Medicaid and shift even more costs onto Missouri over time. As a result, the consequences described in the papers below remain. The caps included in both bills would force Missouri to raise taxes, cut
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MBP Applauds Bipartisan Senate Action; Compromise Allows Time to Address Underlying Revenue Issues

Download the PDF Version For Immediate Release, May 4, 2017 Through an inspiring bipartisan effort, the Missouri Senate acted to protect the well-being of 108,000 vulnerable Missourians in the upcoming fiscal year 2018 budget. It is now up to the Missouri House to protect home
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MO Has Better Choices to Balance the Budget

DOWNLOAD THE PDF VERSION Statement from Amy Blouin, Missouri Budget Project Executive Director The Missouri Senate faces difficult decisions in their negotiations for the fiscal year 2018 budget. So far, legislators have posed a false choice, pitting vulnerable populations
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The EITC Helped Melissa Finish College

Melissa works as a family advocate. A job she says she always wanted, because because she “wanted to be able to help people every day.” But before she finished her degree, she lived paycheck to paycheck, not knowing if she would be able to pay the next round of bills.
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Creating Winners & Losers: Lessons for MO on the Implications of the Business Income Deduction

Download the PDF Version On top of budget restrictions made earlier this year, state lawmakers who are putting together next year’s state budget are considering additional cuts to a number of services that help Missouri families stay afloat, including cuts to school
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Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credit Critical for Seniors, Missourians with Disabilities Across the State

Download the PDF Version The circuit breaker is a popular tax credit that helps Missouri seniors and people with disabilities with fixed incomes to stay in their homes by offsetting costs related to property taxes. State  lawmakers are considering House Committee Bill 3, which
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Substitute House Budget Bills Filed

The House Budget Committee Chair introduced substitute budget bills that will be the starting point for budget debate when the legislature returns from its spring break. Detailed tracking sheets can be viewed here. Some notable changes from the Governors recommendations include:
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Throwing a Lifeline to a Lifeline: How Other Tax Credit Reforms Can Save the Circuit Breaker

The circuit breaker is a popular tax credit that helps Missouri seniors and people with disabilities with fixed incomes to stay in their homes by offsetting costs related to property taxes. Lawmakers have been discussing several proposals to eliminate renters from the credit.
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FY 2018 Budget Tracking

The file details the some of the major components of the Governor’s Budget Request for FY 2018, as compared to the current year. It can be used in coordination with MBP’s budget primers, linked below. Please note that some section numbers for specific line items changed
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MO HealthNet Executive Budget Summary

MO HealthNet is one of the most complex budgets in the state. Funding in this budget is described by categories of service, such as pharmacy or physician services, rather than described by program or eligibility category. As a result, it can be very difficult to decipher the MO
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