My Fellow Missourians,
On Saturday the 15th, I had the pleasure of meeting and greeting Benton Countians at the Warsaw Chamber Expo. Most of our discussions centered on the upcoming opportunity for voters to support Missouri farm families. The Missouri Farming Rights Amendment will protect the hard working Missouri farm families who dedicate their lives to feeding our families; saving thousands of Missouri jobs and ensuring our families continue to have access to quality food at the grocery stores. This simple constitutional amendment is supported by farmer-led agriculture organizations and family farmers and will protect Missouri’s #1 industry and help protect Missouri from out-of-state special interests. I
At the Capitol on Tuesday, I presented my HB 1727 to the Agriculture Policy Committee:
HB 1727 prohibits any state agency from excluding any species of livestock from processing through the agricultural or environmental permitting process if the processing facility is qualified to process meat for human consumption and interstate commerce and meets all United States Department of Agriculture standards for processing livestock.
I had David Rains from Gallatin as a witness in favor of my bill. He owns and operates Rains Natural Meats, a facility that is approved by the USDA to process equine animals. Others testifying in support were the Missouri Farm Bureau, Cattlemen’s Association, and Pork Producers. I had only one person testify in opposition to HB 1727; an extreme animal rights activist. The bill passed out of committee by unanimous vote.
The House passed these two bills this week.
The first bill (HB 1253) would implement a 50 percent deduction for Missouri business income. It would also cut corporate income tax from 6.25 percent to 3.125 percent over a five-year period. State revenues would have to remain above the level they were at in 2012 for these tax savings to be phased in. This bill would reduce the tax burden on Missouri businesses by nearly $350 million per year.
The second bill (HB 1295) would implement a reduction of the individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.3 percent over a period of 7 years. For individuals who earn less than $20,000 annually, it increases the current deduction from $2,100 to $3,100. In addition, this bill includes the business income tax deduction. In order to protect education funding, the legislation also requires revenues to increase by $150 million annually. The bill specifies that through the revenue increase, $60 million would go to public schools and $30 million to higher education in each year. Overall, this bill is estimated to produce a tax savings for Missourians of more than $700 million annually.
Warren Love and Michell McLerran
It is important to note that the Missouri Senate is working on its own version of a tax cut. In addition, the governor has announced that he will support a one-half percent tax cut to the individual income tax rate, but only if certain conditions are met. These conditions include that our education funding formula be fully funded, that revenues increase by at least $200 million each year.
Since the weather has moderated, we had several visitors come to the Capitol including a delegation from Cedar County Extension made up of Patrick Davis-Beef Specialist, John and Susie Rummel, and Mark Beason. From Pittsburg representing home schooling was Lila Jenkens and daughter, Lorna. Representing schools from the district were Superintendent Aron Bennett of Osceola and Michelle McLerran-Morgan from the Warsaw School Board.
It was a pleasure to receive a personal thank you from Brian Maddux who dropped by to let me know how much he appreciated my recent House Resolution plaque to honor his daughter, Brandi Maddux, from Warsaw for earning the prestigious American Farmer FFA Degree. I also want to “tip my hat” to all FFA members in the district as we’ve just completed the observance of National FFA Week.
Warren Love and Brian Maddux