The Missouri General Assembly has a full agenda ahead of Tuesday’s special session to overhaul the state’s business incentives. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Representative Mike Lair:
Governor Jay Nixon, D, called lawmakers back to Jefferson City on Sept. 6 with one key goal being legislation aimed at creating jobs, rather an environment in which jobs can flourish. Legislators will debate measures to reform state tax credit programs and offer some incentives for construction of an international air cargo hub at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.
On the special-session agenda:
•New tax breaks for companies tempted to leave Missouri for Kansas.
•A package to turn Lambert Airport into an international cargo hub (Airtropolis).
•Enacting the Missouri Science and Reinvestment Act, aimed at attracting high-tech businesses.
•Legislation allowing for city control of the St. Louis Police Department.
•A bill delaying the date of the 2012 presidential primary.
Gov. Nixon did not include disaster recovery on the agenda for the special legislative session.
The governor started a state tour Monday hoping to build public support of his plan. According to Gov. Nixon’s office, he will be at Moore Fans LLC in Marceline Wednesday to outline the importance of passing the bipartisan Made in Missouri Jobs Package, which would help Missouri companies expand their sale of products overseas; promote high-tech industries in the state; and create thousands of jobs to put Missourians back to work.