MO Statehouse
2:40 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Tilley: "Thanks, but no thanks" to jobs bill meeting

At least one Missouri legislative leader is so far saying "no" to Governor Jay Nixon's proposed top-level meeting to forge a jobs bill

House Speaker Steven Tilley said any such meeting would be premature while the House and Senate remain at odds over tax credit reform.

"It was kind of a 'thanks but no thanks,'" Tilley said."...we're making good progress, I think we're going to be there shortly, and as soon as we have a deal between the House and the Senate, I look forward to joining the President Pro Tem of the Senate and visiting with the governor and saying, 'here's the deal that we've worked out and we'd love for you to be a part of it.'"

Tilley also said, though, that it's possible an agreement could be reached next week, but didn't guarantee that it would happen that soon.  An economic development bill failed to pass this year in part because lawmakers couldn't agree on reigning in tax credits.