PARK HILLS – 116th District Missouri Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, has pre-filed legislation to provide an increase in the current cap on tax credits receivable during a fiscal year for contributions made to a pregnancy resource center.

Engler says HB 1132 will assist the fundraising efforts of pregnancy resource centers across the state and especially the development of new centers, such as Options for Women in Ste. Genevieve.   

“Each year this number and the vital services provided by each center continue to rise,” said Engler. “As the number of centers increase, the current cap makes it harder for each center to receive the full potential of donations. Unless the cap is increased, some donors will no longer be able to acquire tax credits, which will in turn hurt the fundraising efforts of Missouri's pregnancy resource centers. By providing more credits, we are ensuring these women can access the services they need.”

There are currently 56 pregnancy resource centers throughout Missouri, including the Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center in Park Hills.

“We are so appreciative of the support we get from our state legislators,” said Kim Nash, PPRC executive director. “This increase will allow donors to give more since they receive a tax credit for half of their donation. Tax credits are so important for non-profit organizations in Missouri. It definitely increases donations which, in turn, affects how many families and individuals we can help in the Parkland area.”

Engler says that additional pregnancy resource centers will be opening across Missouri.

“Ste. Genevieve started (in recent days) and there are going to be centers in Perryville, Cape Girardeau has one coming online, and there’s been four or five other new ones that have opened in the last year,” said Engler.

He added that he believes the legislation will have a good chance of passage through the legislature.

“The legislation is pretty pro-life,” Engler said. “If you’re going to say you’re pro-life, you’d better be willing to do things that give more than lip service. You’ve got to be willing to step up and say here are some things to help the situation of these young mothers and their families.”

The 2014 legislative session began Wednesday in Jefferson City. Legislation filed has until mid-May to pass both the House and Senate before being sent to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk for final approval.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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