Missouri House votes to block state’s money grab of business unclaimed property

Posted April 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

The Missouri House gave first-round approval Tuesday, April 15, of House Bill 1075, legislation sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Tuscumbia) that would block the state’s false claims to business unclaimed property.

“All too often, the unclaimed property that is being reported to the state isn’t truly unclaimed property,” said Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “This is not the state’s money, and it is not the state’s job to take these transactions and dump them into the general revenue.”

Some states have implemented aggressive strategies to target unclaimed business property because if the state can’t find the rightful owner of the property, the state can keep the property. The Council on State Taxation, a national tax association, began ranking states based on their unclaimed property laws in 2008. While

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    Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, announced Thursday, April 9, that the Missouri State Senate passed Senate Bill 812 by a vote of 32-0. Senate Bill 812 directs the Missouri Department of Economic Development to establish a trade office in Israel for the purpose of promoting trade and cooperation between Missouri companies and companies in Israel.

    “I was pleased to sponsor Senate Bill 812 as it accomplishes two very important objectives,” said Parson, “Not only does it bring economic benefit by putting Missouri products in front of international customers, but it provides a tangible

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    Senate sends bills to the House of Representatives

    Three pieces of legislation I have been working on received final approval in the Senate and are now awaiting consideration in the House of Representatives.

    My bill exempting vehicles ten years old and older from sales tax passed by a vote of 31-1. Although there have been some concerns expressed that this will cost the state money in a time where dollars are tight, I believe this will help people who could not otherwise afford dependable transportation purchase a vehicle to get

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    Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says state revenue department has gone too far

    The Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) has gone too far in recent audits, said Tracy King, vice president of governmental affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during a press conference. The press conference was called by several Missouri lawmakers to highlight concerns about the way the Missouri Department of Revenue is handling small business sales tax issues. During the press conference T.J. Rehak, a small business owner from Lee’s Summit, recounted how an audit by the Missouri revenue department nearly put his gymnastics center out of business.

    “We are

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    Committee created to study Common Core

    My Fellow Missourians,

    On my way to Jefferson City, I stopped by the Hickory County Health Department. The County Health Sanatorium and I discussed my HB 1728, which will clarify that County Commissioners and County Health Boards are “together in agreement” on new ordinances or fee increases according to State Statute 192.300.

    Upon arriving at the Capitol, I attended a meeting of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation. They meet each year and invite legislators to ride bicycles a six mile

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    Hartzler and House approve balanced budget on behalf of hardworking Americans

    Good Day,

    The full House approved a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2015 that stops spending money we don’t have, eliminates much of the waste in government, maintains a strong national defense, encourages job creation, and begins the important task of paying down our debt.

    America’s national debt stands at an astonishing $17 trillion. It is wrong to take more money from hardworking American families

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    Green Sales Tax Holiday means savings on energy-efficient appliances

    Missouri’s sixth annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax holiday, which provides shoppers in Missouri with the opportunity to save on energy-efficient appliances begins Saturday, April 19, and runs through Friday, April 25.

    Shoppers who purchase new ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances in Missouri during the holiday will not have to pay the 4.225 percent state sales tax.

    Examples of ENERGY STAR®-labeled appliances that qualify for the sales tax exemption are: Clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps.

    Many local government entities have

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    What a Savior

    Pastor David Woods, Herriman Chapel

    He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not (Isaiah 53:3, ESV).

    There is a majestic old hymn that says, “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” But when we read this prophecy of Jesus, some might say, “What a Savior?”

    Our world today thrives on fame; it is amazing the lengths to which people will go to

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    10 easy ways to help save our planet

    1.Compost your garbage.

    Biodegradable waste, such as food scraps and yard clippings comprise about 25 percent of landfills. Compost at home and nurture your garden.

    2.Reduce your carbon footprint.

    Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year! To reduce your carbon footprint, try to combine your errands and shopping trips so that you do not have to make as many trips in your car. If you commute to work, ask

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    Personal sound amplification products can help seniors hear better

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What types of amplification products can you recommend to help people with hearing impairment? My 62-year-old husband has some hearing issues, but doesn’t think he needs a hearing aid, so I’m looking for some alternative devices that can help.

    Shouting Spouse

    Dear Shouting,

    If your husband is reluctant to get a hearing aid, there are dozens of “personal sound amplification products” (PSAPs) that

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