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Senate debate over tax credits ends with no vote.

Date: March 11, 2009
By: Jennifer Meckles
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 45

Intro: Governor Jay Nixon expected to see a tax credit bill on his desk before legislative Spring Break, but with no vote from the Senate, Nixon will just have to wait.

Jennifer Meckles has more from the State Capitol.

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The bill would give tax credits to businesses that create new jobs.

Kansas City Senator Matt Bartle challenged the idea of tax credits for some businesses.

 

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Description: "All we're doing now is, we're taking economic development growth, that's going to happen anyway in an economy and we're now paying a small subset of the people that are going to produce the economic growth, to do it."

Bartle says the government should give tax breaks to all businesses, not just a select few.

The bill passed through the House in February, and Nixon wanted it to be finalized by mid-March.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Jennifer Meckles.


 Intro: Senators debated Wednesday over a bill that would give tax breaks to businesses that create new jobs.

Jennifer Meckles has more from Jefferson City.

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Kansas City Republican Senator Matt Bartle voiced his opposition to all tax credits.
 
He said his concern with this bill is that it only gives money to a small selection of businesses.
 
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Description: "I really believe that, in this case, Democrat plus Republican equals the people. And its the people that are going to stand up against narrow special interest, that are pigging the resources of this state, to a small group."
 
Bartle compared the measure to animals at a feeding trough.
 
He said businesses with tax credits are like tall hogs who can push others aside to receive more benefits.
 
No vote was taken, and the bill will now be perfected.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jennifer Meckles.
 

Intro: Heated debate in the Senate on Wednesday compared tax credits to farm animals.

Jennifer Meckles has more from Jefferson City. 

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Legislators spent a second day arguing over a bill that would allow tax credits for businesses that create jobs.
 
Kansas City Republican Senator Matt Bartle warned his colleagues against the unfair distribution of these tax credits.
 
He said large businesses are like big hogs feeding at dinner time.
 
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Description: "The biggest hog always got to the trough and cleared everybody else out and then the little ones would try to come in and get theirs as the tall hog would allow them. What this process is going to be doing is moving the tall hog off the trough. And tall hogs don't like getting moved off the trough. So it is predictable that we are going to hear a chorus of 'it can't be done, it can't be done, it can't be done.'"

Bartle said he doesn't like any tax credits, but a cap on this credit is better that no limit.

St. Louis Democratic Senator Jeff Smith disagreees with Bartle saying a cap won't change anything.

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Description: "Having a yearly cap on it would seem to me to greatly advantage the taller hogs, the larger hogs, because who is going to be able to have the resources to hire the lobbiests, the people to fill out the applications to get those applications in first in the year, the earliest? I think its going to be the bigger hogs, the taller hogs."


Governor Jay Nixon gave strong support for this bill.

There was no vote in the Senate, and it will now be perfected.

From the State Capitol, I'm Jennifer Meckles.