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Missouri Senate Drafts New Auto Incentives Bill July 2, 2010

Posted by kbianews in St. Louis Public Radio.
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Missouri Senate Leaders are bypassing a committee that’s blocking legislation to provide auto incentives during the ongoing special session. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

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Republican Chuck Purgason, chair of the senate’s Fiscal Oversight committee, is blocking a vote on the House bill that contains both incentives for Ford Motor Company and tax breaks for underground data centers. So Senate leaders have crafted a separate bill that excludes the data centers. It’s sponsored by Republican Luann Ridgeway of Platte County.

“I’ve eliminated everything in my bill having to do with manufacturing that is not included in the governor’s call, so we keep ourselves legal in that respect.”

Because of the bill’s smaller size, it won’t have to go through Purgason’s committee. He says Missouri should be giving incentives to small business owners instead. Purgason is also running for the U.S. Senate.

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Hear what Republican Chuck Purgason of Howell County has to say. He chairs the Senate committee on Fiscal Oversight. Purgason chose not to hold a vote on the House bill that contains both incentives for Ford Motor Company and tax breaks for underground data storage centers.

“Right now, we’re spending $700 million a year on tax credits, and we’re looking at a billion-dollar shortfall, so we have some tough choices to make, and if you want real job creation, you’ll go to who creates jobs, and that’s small businesses all across this state.”

Purgason is also running for the U.S. Senate. The alternate bill only contains auto manufacturing incentives, and is small enough to bypass the Fiscal Oversight Committee. The Missouri Senate could take it up when they meet again next Thursday.

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