JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that sought to increase the tax credits available for donations to organizations providing food to the poor and aid to pregnant women.
The legislation rejected Wednesday would have authorized an additional $500,000 annually each of tax credits for contributions to maternity homes, pregnancy resource centers and food pantries.
The tax credits currently are capped at $1.25 million annually for food pantries and $2 million each for the other two programs.
Nixon said the extra tax credits would have made it more difficult to fund education and other services.
Republican House Speaker Tim Jones called Nixon's vetoes "reprehensible." He said the bill contained "modest increases" in tax credits for vital social organizations that are struggling to raise money.