Currently the Senate is considering HB1253 and HB1297. Both of these bills are similar to a bill vetoed by the Governor in the last legislative session. These are bills that, if they become law, will have a significant impact on education funding.
HB1253 and HB1297 both would create a business income deduction of 50 percent for business income that’s reported on individual income tax returns and would also cut the corporate income tax rate. Those in favor of the bills argue the tax cuts will not take place if the state takes in less revenue than it did in 2012, protecting essential obligations. Missouri’s schools are currently underfunded. In 2013 the Missouri Foundation Formula was underfunded by $621 million. HB1253 and HB1297 are estimated to cost the state $374 million and more than $700 million respectively.
These bills would continue to leave the Missouri Foundation Formula underfunded and would likely result in further cuts to education and our schools. Missouri PTA is asking members to reach out to their elected officials regarding this issue. Ask your Senator to protect education and vote against HB1253 and HB1297.
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The House is currently considering SB538. This bill would allow school districts and charter schools to receive state aid for children ages three to five who are eligible for free and reduced lunch and are participating in the district’s or charter school’s pre-kindergarten program.
PTA supports quality preschool and early education programs. Preschool programs do so much more than just prepare students for kindergarten. Preschool and early education programs provide children an opportunity to grow, to develop social relationships, promote emotional development and learn how to be students. Research has shown that providing high quality early education yields significant long-term benefits. Individuals who were enrolled in preschool programs have been shown less likely to repeat grades, need special education, get into future trouble with the law, more likely to graduate high school and ultimately earn more than those who were not.
SB538 would provide schools with more funds to strengthen their preschool programs. Missouri PTA is asking for members to reach out to their Representative and ask them to support SB538.
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