Analysis: Mo. balks at taxes but OKs higher fees -

Analysis: Mo. balks at taxes but OKs higher fees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers continue to oppose tax increases but have suggested raising state fees for various purposes.

The Legislature has approved several bills that create new fees or raise the price tag on existing charges. Fees would be increased for registering pesticides and obtaining licenses for bingo manufacturers.

The Department of Agriculture would be allowed to charge new fees for permits to own lions, tigers and other large animals. And families could start to pay a fee to enroll in the Parents as Teachers childhood development program.

Supporters say charges for programs are different from taxes because they amount to a user fee in which only those who benefit pay. The governor has until mid-July to decide whether to sign or veto legislation.

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