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Wed May 15, 2019, 04:11 AM

GM Incentives Approved As Senate Turns Attention To Abortion

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.

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.

The Senate had been held up since 2:30 p.m. Monday when the Conservative Caucus — Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, Andrew Koenig, R-St. Louis County, Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelbina and Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis — launched a filibuster over what they called misguided economic policies.

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.


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