veto override

Tax credit program makes things happen at Our Lady's Inn

Missouri legislators last week overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an expansion of the the state's maternity home tax credit program. And the women who oversee Our Lady's Inn were ecstatic. After all, those tax credits help make things happen at the emergency shelter and maternity home program for women and their children.

In fact, the longtime tax credit program, which has been expanded to $2.5 million this year, gave Our Lady's Inn the push it needed to open its second home in St. Charles County in 2006. The original home opened in 1982 in south St. Louis.

Catholics played key role in legislative action


Catholic citizens played a key role in the passage of pro-life legislation in the recently concluded veto session of the Missouri General Assembly, according to the Missouri Catholic Conference's executive director, Mike Hoey.

"Catholics from around the state contacted their legislators and it made a big difference," Hoey said. "Without those calls and e-mails I don't think we could have passed this much pro-life legislation."

EDITORIAL | Save two Missouri pro-life bills

When state legislators convene in a veto session Sept. 10, they will consider three critical pieces of legistaltion vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

First is legislation that would increase the waiting period for having an abortion to 72 hours from 24 hours. Another is a bill that increases tax credits available for pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and food pantries. A third seeks to restore funding for grants to provide services to ex-offenders to help them in their transition from prison.

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