special session

Pending special session
5:41 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Letter to Mo. Gov. Nixon calls for special session date, criticizes exclusion of tax credit

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republican leaders of the Missouri General Assembly are criticizing Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to exclude land assemblage tax credits from the special session planned for next month.

In a letter to Nixon, House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) and Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) said that his “personal agenda against an individual developer (Paul McKee)...has no place in this debate and should not impact the overall priority of tax credit reform.”

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Economic Incentives / Technology / Jobs
5:49 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Nixon: new economic incentives will bring more hi-tech jobs to Mo.

BRDG Park at the Danforth Center.
Courtesy Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis again Tuesday touting the state's growing biotech sector and says a new package of economic incentives will continue to bring more hi-tech jobs to the state.

Nixon was in St. Louis County to welcome SyMyCo, the latest tenant of BRDG Park, the research and development wing of the Danforth Plant Science Center.

The company's President Mike Amaranthus says $1 million in quality jobs tax credits as well as a $250,000 low-interest loan were a key part of their decision to locate in Missouri.

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Special Session / Tax Credits / NorthSide
2:51 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Nixon: No land tax credit in Mo. special session

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon says he is not including the expansion of a tax credit for assembling and maintaining large swaths of land in his planned call for a special legislative session.

Nixon and lawmakers have been working on an agreement for an economic development package. One part of the lawmakers' proposal would remove the time limit for the tax credit program while offering fewer credits annually.

The tax credits are being used by a developer, Paul McKee, who has promised a multi-billion dollar makeover for north St. Louis.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
6:17 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Mo. House committee recommends special session for disaster recovery

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo

A Missouri House committee looking at how state and local officials responded to several natural disasters this year is recommending a special session to deal with storm costs.

Committee members want to use a special session to discuss accessing the state's Rainy Day fund to help storm and flood-battered cities and counties.

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Aerotropolis
6:02 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Some Mo. lawmakers grumble about Aerotropolis proposal

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
(via Flickr/dbking)

While Missouri legislative leaders have reached an agreement on an economic development package, some lawmakers are speaking out against it.

The key component is the so-called Aerotropolis measure, which would provide $360 million in tax credits to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.

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Election 2012
4:11 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Nixon to include legislation on presidential primary in special session

(via Flickr/Daniel Morrison)

Gov. Jay Nixon says legislation changing the date of Missouri's 2012 presidential primary will be on the agenda for a planned special session in September.

Nixon announced this week he plans to order the House and Senate back to Jefferson City to overhaul the state's business incentives.

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Local Control / Special Session
5:25 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Chappelle-Nadal: special session not the place for local control discussion

Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City
Missouri Senate Website

St. Louis city leaders say that returning control of the city's police department should be a priority during any upcoming special session of the General Assembly.

Speaking Wednesday, leaders of the Republican controlled state House and Senate said they didn't see any problem with passing the measure.

But not everyone is on board with that plan.  

St. Louis County Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been a vocal critic of local control in the past and says it should not be part of any special session.

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Special Session / Tax Credits / Aerotropolis
2:17 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Nixon outlines plans for 2011 special session

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 3:46 p.m.

St. Louis business leaders are praising a move by state lawmakers and the governor to take up a broad-ranging package of economic incentives.

Governor Nixon announced Thursday that he will call a special session in September to talk address jobs and economic development

Chief among the package is $360 million in tax incentives for Lamber-St. Louis International Airport.

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Tax Credits / Aerotropolis
2:24 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

GOP lawmakers reach agreement on business incentives, Nixon to call special session

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/dbking)

Updated 5:26 p.m. with further detail and comment from lawmakers

Updated 2:24 p.m. with statement from office of Gov. Nixon on special session

A statement issued today from Scott Holste, a spokesperson for Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, announces that the governor will call the Missouri legislature into special session.

The date of the special session has not been determined.

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Special Session
5:18 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Nixon sounding optimistic on special session

Gov. Jay Nixon, shown here after his 2011 State of the State, is indicating he may call lawmakers back to Jefferson City for a special session on economic development.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon today indicated he may be ready to call the Missouri General Assembly back to Jefferson City to finish work on a stalled economic development bill.

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