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07 April 2010

Kraus: Assistance to Missouri Veterans

Last week in the House, we spent quite a bit of time on Consent Bills.  Consent bills have no fiscal impact, are non-controversial, and contain no penalty provisions.  Because it makes passage of the bill much smoother, a bill sponsor will request consent status for bills ranging from ones like my bill, HB 1691 that would set up bicycling and walking days, to minor fixes of state law that may be relevant to only one district.

The House did take on legislation that would benefit veterans, and I am always glad to be a part of that effort.  HB 1893 would provide additional funding for veterans services officers who assist veterans with obtaining available services and benefits. After serving so honorably and courageously in Iraq and Afghanistan, our veterans are returning home, and these officers can help them re-integrate into life in the states.

Showing broad support for veterans, the House approved HB 1893 by a vote of 146-8. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Save Money; Save Energy: Sales Tax Holiday and Rebates Starting April 19

Sales Tax

If you are thinking about replacing an old appliance and want to save money by both lowering energy costs and paying less sales tax, then Missouri's Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday is for you.  From April 19-25, people who purchase new ENERGY STAR qualified appliances in Missouri will save 4.225 percent of the purchase by not being required to pay state sales tax.

Local governmental entities can opt to participate in the holiday.  In Eastern Jackson County, Lee's Summit and Oak Grove have elected to participate, meaning that the buyer will also be exempt from city sales tax if the appliance is purchased in either city.

ENERGY STAR-certified appliances that qualify for the sales tax exemption are:
  • Clothes washers
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Water heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Air conditioners
  • Heat Pumps
The sales tax exemption only applies to the first $1,500 on each appliance. If an appliance costs more than $1,500, the regular sales tax rate is in effect for any of the purchase price above $1,500.

Additional information regarding the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday can be obtained at Green Tax Holiday.


You can increase your savings with rebates - also on ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. Starting April 19, Missouri residents are eligible to receive rebates that can run from $75 to $500 per appliance.

Once you have decided which ENERGY STAR appliance you would like to buy, you may reserve your rebate amount at a participating retailer or installation contractor on or after April 19. You may also reserve your own rebate online at this site beginning April 21.

Additional information about the Energize Missouri Appliance Rebate Program is now available online at and through a toll-free consumer information line at 877-541-4848. The consumer information line will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fundraiser to Benefit Local Children with Cancer

Next Monday, April 12, the Lee's Summit High School girls' soccer teams will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit local children with cancer, called the Melanie Grace Kickin' It Against Cancer Soccer Fundraiser.  From 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., all three Lee's Summit girls' soccer teams will be playing at Lee's Summit High School.

Rebecca Hertzog was chosen to be this year's recipient.  Rebecca is a Lee's Summit resident and was diagnosed with leukemia last fall.  She is currently waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

The fundraiser began as a way to remember Melanie Grace Lindmark, who was born on August 27, 1998. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer in November of 2002 at only four years of age. Melanie passed away in March, 2005 after losing her battle with cancer.  The Lindmark family selects each year's recipient of the funds.

On the day of the event, a silent auction will be held and t-shirts will be on sale.  A special effort this year is to hold a bone marrow drive during the event to look for a match for Rebecca and for countless others awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

The soccer teams are also looking for sponsors for the event.  They offer advertising on the website as well as on the game day program.  Click on for additional information and updates.

For more information, contact Beth Manley at 816-305-4124.

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