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Nixon won't expand special session

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Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio
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Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at a bill signing ceremony at the Lake of the Ozarks. He told reporters at the event that he remains opposed to expanding the call of the special session.

By Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon remains opposed to expanding the call of the special session underway in Jefferson City.

The Missouri House added tax breaks for underground data storage centers to the auto incentives bill it passed this week. The governor wants lawmakers to focus solely on providing incentives for Ford Motor Company's plant near Kansas City and on revamping state pensions.

"This is a special session, and we're trying to get these things done, and when complicating factors are added that are beyond the call, that has the potential to cost us extra days and cost the taxpayers additional dollars that, quite frankly, we just don't have to spend right now," Nixon told reporters during a bill signing ceremony at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Nixon also expressed doubts about the House using Quality Jobs tax credits to cover the cost of auto incentives, but says he's open to negotiating the provision.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Senate is scheduled to debate both the auto incentives and pension bills on Thursday.

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