On Friday May 17th at 6:00 pm the Missouri legislature officially wrapped up the 2013 session. Despite the efforts of many legislators, the big economic development bill, which would have included drastic cuts to the Missouri historic tax credit, died Friday afternoon. Oddly enough, it was killed due to a filibuster by Senator Brad Lager, who opposed the bill because he wanted the cuts to be even bigger. But the advocacy generated by tireless call parties, trips to Jeff City, emails, tweets, etc. that called for no cuts to the extremely important historic tax credit most definitely set us up for success. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard over the past few months to defend this economic development incentive which will assuredly play an equally important role in revitalizing our communities and generating economic activity from here on out. Here’s a few victory tweets for your pleasure. And as the last one by the awesome folks at Space Architects points out, this is a yearly battle that will require our support in the future–please watch the issue closely and help us defend it again next year!
#moleg out, no change to historic tax credits! One more year to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods!
— Michael R. Allen (@PreservationSTL) May 17, 2013
— Christina Clagett (@cclagett) May 17, 2013
Thank you to all the people who fought to preserve HTC for northside neighborhoods like mine that are just about to start using them.
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) May 17, 2013
— Jenny Shirar (@j_shi314) May 17, 2013
Thanks for still following us after the near-constant #saveMOHTC talk. It’s almost over, but unfortunately only until next year. JC
— SPACEarchitects (@SPACEarchitects) May 17, 2013