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Nixon chastises Mo. Senate for delaying passage of jobs bill

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By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A battery manufacturing company in the Kansas City area has rejected a bid to construct its new facility in Missouri, and Governor Jay Nixon blames the loss in part on the State Senate.

Nixon says landing Kokam America's new facility would have resulted in 900 new jobs.

He told reporters at a news conference today that slow action by the Missouri Senate played a role in losing the bid.

"Had this jobs bill already passed, our entire package could have been $24.2 million larger...to put it simply: We could have been in the running for these jobs," Nixon said.

Nixon is urging the Missouri Senate to pass the bill, which contains various tax credits, as soon as possible.

State Senator Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) has been conducting a filibuster of the bill.

"Greater accountability and fiscal oversight to how we spend taxpayer dollars, that's what I'm talking about...and I'm willing to work with anybody that wants to work with me," Crowell said.

Kokam America has accepted a bid from Michigan to build its new facility there. Michigan has created special tax breaks for companies that make electric and hybrid vehicle batteries.

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