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State Lawmaker Has Tax Credit Plan to Attract Doctors to Rural MO

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Herman Morse, R-Dexter, wears a protective mask as he sits at his desk in the House chamber in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri lawmakers on Thursday, May 14 passed a bill to ban the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

(MISSOURINET) –  A state lawmaker has a plan to try and recruit primary care physicians to rural Missouri.

State Representative Herman Morse, a Republican from southeast Missouri’s Dexter, is proposing to give them a tax credit against their state tax liability of up to 15-thousand dollars annually for five years.

Under the bill, the doctors must practice and live in a county with fewer than 35-thousand people.

Morse says Department of Health information shows 75-percent of the state’s primary care physicians work in five counties.

With three weeks to go in this legislative session, the bill’s likely best chance of passing would be to attach it to a similar bill closer to passing.

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