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That’ll stop the bleeding for sure.

Representative Caleb Rowden (r) [2013 file photo].

A bill, introduced today by Representative Caleb Rowden (r):

HB 1139

Creates an income tax deduction for certain penalties assessed under the Affordable Care Act and paid on a federal return

Sponsor: Rowden, Caleb (044)

Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2015

LR Number: 2496L.01I

Last Action: 03/09/2015 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)

Bill String: HB 1139

[….]

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 1139 [pdf]

98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROWDEN.

2496L.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To amend chapter 143, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to a deduction for certain federal tax payments.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 143, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 143.845, to read as follows:

143.845. In addition to all deductions listed in this chapter, a taxpayer shall be allowed a deduction for amounts assessed and paid under Section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. As used in this section, “deduction” shall mean an amount subtracted from the taxpayer’s Missouri adjusted gross income to determine Missouri taxable income for the tax year in which such deduction is claimed.

[emphasis in original]

So, Missouri taxpayers are currently only paying for Medicaid expansion in other states because the republican controlled General Assembly won’t do anything to address the issue of the uninsured in Missouri. And while they’re at it, in their infinite wisdom, they want to reduce Missouri’s revenue (and, think about the cascading effects, while increasing Missouri’s health care costs) while their inaction on Medicaid continues to siphon Missouri taxpayer dollars to other states.

What a clown show.