MO Senate Passes GM Bill: Includes Workforce, Economic Incentive Funding

By on May 16, 2019

From St. Louis Public Radio: A nearly 28-hour filibuster of what is usually a simple procedural step ended Tuesday night with a big win for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

Governor Mike Parson is greet on the floor of the MO House in January, when he announced his workforce and infrastructure priorities. 

Over the objection of a group of six Republicans, the state Senate approved a major economic development package that extended a tax credit for General Motors, which is considering a $750 million expansion of its plant in Wentzville. Also included is a program to fund training for adults in “high-need” jobs, and a deal-closing fund that allows for up-front tax breaks to companies considering expansion.

In the end, the likelihood that continuing the filibuster would scuttle another priority for many of those senators — new restrictions on abortion in the state — led the six to sit down.

“The clock ticks on,” Onder said. “And we got to a point where we had to look at the fact that our desire to protect human life was leveraged against us.”

Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz said the GOP senators who brought the Senate to a standstill “made it very clear they were opposed to this bill — and they put up a strong opposition.”

“But at the end of the day, I think the important thing to them is to make sure we get a pro-life vote done,” said Schatz, R-Sullivan. “And unfortunately, this bill was in front of that. In order to dispose of that, at some point in time, the decision has to be made to get to that bill.”

All six Conservative Caucus members, along with Ed Emery, R-Lamar and Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, voted no.

Parson called the passage of the incentives “a complete victory for Missourians and jobs in every corner of the state.” He had pressed senators to pass Sen. Lincoln Hough’s legislation during a press conference earlier on Tuesday.

“We are sending a powerful message to the nation that we are ready to compete with every state for more jobs,” he said.

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