A special session of the Legislature begins today. Governor Bob Holden calls the issue of funding the state’s public schools one of the unresolved issues from this year’s first special session of the Legislature in June.He’s calling on lawmakers to put aside political ideology and do what he says is in the best interests of Missouri schoolchildren. Holden says the funding of schools is not something that can wait until the next regular session of the Legislature in January. The Governor has identified four so-called corporate loopholes he believes should be eliminated. They include what’s known as the Geoffrey loophole, which allows companies such as Toys-R-Us to avoid paying corporate income taxes in Missouri. Closing the loopholes, according to the Governor, will add $44-Million to the education budget.
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