House Democrats say House Republicans are at fault for not addressing Republican Senator's concerns about a jobs creation bill at an earlier stage.
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House Democrats say House Republicans are at fault for not addressing Republican Senator's concerns about a jobs creation bill at an earlier stage.

Date: March 12, 2009
By: Elizabeth Billingsley
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: House Democrats blame the Senate's failure to move on an economic development bill on House Republicans. RunTime:0:49
OutCue: SOC
 
As the Missouri legislature adjourns for its mid-term recess, House members on both sides say they are surprised the Senate hasn't made its jobs creation bill a higher priority.
 
The House passed the Quality Jobs Act in early February, but the measure has run into opposition in the Senate.
 
House Minority Leader Paul LeVota blames House Republicans for the Senate's delay, saying that the House could have addressed the Senate's concerns when it had the bill earlier.
 
Actuality:  LAVOTA.WAV
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Description: "We coulda had that amendment in the House, accorcding to some thoughts of House Democrats, it probably would have been easier to swallow for the Senate. 

That was our purpose.  Our purpose was not to try to kill the bill, our purpose was to try to make it better so we could move quickly on it."

 
But nothing will be done until the House and Senate reconvene on March 23rd.
 
From the State Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.



Intro: As the Missouri legislature adjourns for its spring break, House Republicans vow to send a truck of paper the Senate until it passes its economic development bill. RunTime:0:48
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With the legislative session at its midpoint, House members on both sides say  they are surprised the Senate's debate over tax credit reforms has stalled progress on an economic development bill.
 
The bill garnered bipartisan support when it passed the House in early February.
 
The House bill would provide tax credits to businesses that create jobs and would increase a cap on state-sponsored tax credits.
 
But the measure has met resistance from fellow GOP members in the Senate, much to the chagrin of House Speaker Ron Richard.
 
 
Actuality:  RICHARD.WAV
Run Time: 00:10
Description: "We're going to send an economic development bill over every week until the bill's stop, then we're going to send that same bill over attached to every bill.  We'll send over a hundred of 'em, three hundred of 'em, five hundred of 'em until we get that bill broke loose."


The legislature will be in recess until March 23rd.

From the State Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.