KCUR News
4:46 am
Thu July 5, 2007

Social Security Tax Cut

Kansas City, MO – Many Missouri seniors will soon be getting a tax cut. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt toured the state today to sign a bill to cut taxes on social security benefits. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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Some 220,000 Missourians will see their tax bills decrease this year. The tax cut will be phased in over 6 years and will cost the state some $150 million each year when fully implemented. Governor Blunt says the change will bring Missouri into line with the majority of other states.

Blunt: "Thirty five other states have figure out how to get by without taxing these benefits. I think we can do the same."

Detractors have said the money could be better spent on restoring Medicaid coverage to some 90,000 people who lost it two years ago.