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Nixon, Mo. lawmakers close to calling special session

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By Marshall Griffin

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon and Missouri lawmakers are continuing to negotiate an agreement on calling a special legislative session before the end of the month.

The purpose would be to pass two bills: The first would provide tax credits to Ford Motor Company's Kansas City plant, and the second would cut state pensions for future employees. Senate Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler (R, Farmington) says the pension change would more than pay for the automotive tax breaks.

"If we go to a defined contribution plan for new employees, not...the current 58,000 state employees, but for new employees, we will save almost twice as much in the 10-year period that (the) Ford tax credit (would cost)," Engler said.

Engler told St. Louis Public Radio that he came up with the proposal during the early morning hours of the final day of the regular session, but there wasn't enough time to get it passed.

An announcement on a special session could come as early as tomorrow, and it would likely begin on June 28th.

This is a developing story. Check back for the latest information.

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