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Missouri lawmakers enact bill expanding tax breaks for pregnancy centers, food pantries


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill boosting tax breaks for groups that aid pregnant women and provide food to the poor.

The legislation enacted Wednesday authorizes an additional $500,000 annually of tax credits for people who make contributions to maternity homes, pregnancy resources centers and food pantries.

The tax credits currently are capped at $1.25 million annually for food pantries and $2 million each for the other two programs.

Supporters describe the pregnancy-related tax credits as a way to help discourage women from having abortions.

When Nixon vetoed the legislation, he cited concerns that the tax breaks would reduce the money available for education and other services.

The veto override passed the House 123-37 and the Senate 27-2.

Tax break bill is HB1132.



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