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The latest news from every corner of the state, including policy emerging from Missouri's capitol.

Missouri childcare workers head to Jefferson City to support a tax-free diaper bill

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Some 20% of respondents to a diaper bank survey said they've used a payday or other short-term loan to purchase diapers.

Childcare workers from across the state traveled to Jefferson City Thursday morning to testify in support of a bill that would eliminate sales tax on diapers.

Under current Missouri law, diapers are taxed at 4.2%, which is the same rate as luxury items like motorboats and sports cars.

The new bill would make diapers tax-exempt, making Missouri the 15th state to forgo the previously established tax.

Susan Belger Angulo is the co-executive director of Happy Bottoms, Kansas City’s only diaper bank. She says the tax exemption will make a bigger impact on families than some might expect.

"For a family barley making ends meet, this savings might mean more grocery items, paying on a bill or purchasing something else their child might need," Angulo said.

The bill would also enact three childcare tax credits for those contributing, providing and employing in the childcare sector.

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Ava Neels