Tax increment financing, or TIF tax breaks, were meant to encourage economic development in delapidated areas.
But some Senators say that retail-store developers in the St. Louis area are using taxpayers' money for projects that don't need subsidizing.
Senator James Mathewson:
But Mathewson also says that he's not ready to pass a bill that would exclude retail developers. Local boards were given the power to restrict TIFs in a bill passed last year, and he says he would like to see that law play out before passing another. In Jefferson City, I'm Liz Cafer.