Hulshof Proposes Seniors and Veterans' Package

Press Release

By:  Kenny Hulshof
Date: May 5, 2008
Location: St. Louis, Mo

Hulshof Proposes Seniors and Veterans' Package

Kenny Hulshof unveiled a series of initiatives today addressing concerns faced by Missouri's veterans and senior citizens. Included in the package of reforms is property tax relief for seniors, protections against elder abuse and enhanced advocacy for veterans.

Hulshof's first proposal would freeze property tax assessments for Missourians 65 and older with an adjusted gross income of $52,000 or less. "Missouri's senior citizens have paid enough taxes in their lifetime," Hulshof said. "It is time for them to have some certainty when it comes to their tax bill."

Hulshof is also proposing the "Missouri Senior Protection Act," which will fix the state's elder abuse statute. Among other things, it increases penalties for those who recklessly cause serious physical injury to a senior citizen and it cracks down on nursing home employees who sexually assault a resident.

"Protecting senior citizens is one of the fundamental services state government should be delivering and it should do so with excellence," Hulshof said.

In addition to protections for seniors, Hulshof is proposing the "MO-VET Initiative." These reforms are designed to enable veterans to speak with one voice. Hulshof would create a Veterans Advocacy Corps, which would act as an aggressive advocate for Missouri's veterans. The MO-VET Initiative would also make the Missouri Veteran's Commission a stand-alone commission.

"I have heard the frustration of Missouri veterans as they discuss the challenges of being heard in the halls of government," Hulshof stated. "It is worth the investment to help us gain a better understanding of the challenges facing veterans. Through that understanding, state government will be able to better deliver the services our veterans deserve."

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