New Podcast: MO Senator Jason Crowell on Tax Credits
December 9, 2009
Missouri spends about $544 million a year on various tax credits. Recently, these tax credits have included $5 million a year for sausage casing manufacturers and $25 million for an indoor practice facility and parking lot enhancement for the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs (which then doubled its parking fees for patrons). State Senator Jason Crowell, who represents the 27th district, wants to change what he calls the state’s “explosion in tax credits” — from 2 percent of the state’s flexible general revenue in 1994 to 12 percent of the state’s flexible general revenue last year, when the state saw a 10 percent revenue decline. Crowell plans to reintroduce legislation when the General Assembly convenes for its 2010 session early next month to subject all tax credits to the appropriations process.
In this week’s podcast, Senator Crowell discusses the state of tax credits in Missouri and his hopes for reform. “It is my belief that an expenditure of a hard-earned tax dollar on a tax credit is no different than an expenditure of a hard-earned tax dollar on education, on roads, on health care or any other service the state provides,” Crowell says.