House Concurrent Resolution No. 9



      Whereas, in the past two years we have experienced extreme pressures in our economy relative to the cost of fuel oil; and


            Whereas, the cost of fuel impacts every aspect of our community lives, including the cost to operate our personal and business vehicles, the cost of food and other items that have to be transported from source to consumer; and


            Whereas, our system of social services relies upon the consistent availability and participation of committed volunteers; and


            Whereas, many of our core agencies, including senior centers, are experiencing decreases in services due to the increased cost relative to fuel; and


            Whereas, many of the volunteers have been forced to restrict their activity due to the cost of fuel to operate their personal vehicles; and


            Whereas, the Internal Revenue Service has increased the reimbursement rate allowed for business use to 58.5 cents per mile; and


            Whereas, the allowable deduction for charitable deduction allowed volunteers using their personal vehicles is 14 cents per mile; and


            Whereas, the Giving Incentives for Volunteers Everywhere (GIVE) Act has been introduced in Congress to raise the deduction and mileage reimbursement for volunteers:


            Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fifth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby urge the United States Congress to acknowledge the critical role of volunteers by enacting the Giving Incentives for Volunteers Everywhere (GIVE) Act; and


            Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.