Time Running Out to Pass Measure For Senior Services Growth

200px-Seal_of_Missouri.svgEarlier this week, the Missouri Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children unanimously passed a substitute bill for SB 1095. The new bill would effectively dedicate 2% of funds collected through the existing insurance premium tax and use those funds for Area Agency on Aging and Senior Center programs and services.

Because the insurance premium tax already exists, this is not a new tax and it would not raise taxes or insurance premiums for any individuals. It simply dedicates part of those tax collections to vitally important senior programs. To make this reallocation happen, the bill needs to be placed on the calendar for consideration before the end of the session which occurs in about three weeks. Only the President Pro Tem of the Senate, Senator Ron Richard, can ask for Senate consideration.

If you believe that this piece of legislation would benefit thousands of Missouri seniors, it would be worthwhile to contact your local Senator and State Representatives, as well as Senator Richard’s office to encourage consideration of this funding measure. No other increases in senior programs were included in this year’s overall budget, so this may be the last chance this year to provide  new revenues that can help address our ever-increasing costs of programs and services.

Link to Missouri Senate Roster

Senator Richard’s contact information is as follows:

201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 326
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-2173
District Office: (417) 623-0022

ron.richard@senate.mo.gov

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