House okays sales tax on veteran services
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House okays sales tax on veteran services

Date: April 15, 2008
By: Suvro Banerji
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HJR 71

Intro: Missouri voters would have the opportunity to raise sales tax to support veterans under a bill passed by the House. Suvro Banerji (SUE-vro BAN-er-gee) has more from the State Capitol. RunTime:0:45
OutCue: SOC

The Missouri House gave first round approval to a bill that would ask voters to raise taxes for veteran services.

The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-eighth cent sales tax for funding veterans' homes, services and programs.

Sponsor of the bill Barney Fisher from south-west Missouri says this bill would be a great leap forward to support the veterans in the state.

 

Actuality:  FISH1.WAV
Run Time: 00:11
Description: "Missouri has 565,000 veterans and right now only 10-percent have ever availed themselves of the benefits that they have."
 
But a couple Democratic critics say they are worried whether the extra funds would be sufficient enough to serve the purpose.
 
From Jefferson City, this is Suvro Banerji, KMOX News.

 


Intro: Missouri House passed a bill that would raise sales taxes for veteran services upon voter's approval. Suvro Banerji (SUE-vro BAN-er-gee) has more from the State Capitol. RunTime:0:45
OutCue: SOC

Missouri voters would decide whether to raise sales tax to support veterans under a bill that passed with overwhelming majority in the House.

Sponsor of the bill Barney Fisher says most of the veterans don't know what their benefits are.

 

Actuality:  FISH2.WAV
Run Time: 00:17
Description: "The problem is most veterans just don't know what their benefits are and we have a need for the veteran service officers to help them, know where to access their benefits. This will benefit both the state and the veterans."

Fisher says there is currently not enough beds in the veteran homes.

Actuality:  FISH3.WAV
Run Time: 00:07
Description: "We literally have people sitting on the waiting list to get into a veterans home and die before they gain entrance."

From Jefferson City, this is Suvro Banerji, KMOX News.