The state senate appears to be in no hurry to get to work on the jobs bill the House has sent it. The clock is ticking on the 60-day special session.
Senate leader Rob Mayer says he’s disappointed that many of the “reasonable tax credit reforms” in the Senate version of the bill failed to survive the House’s work. He specifically mentions expiration dates the senate put on tax credits for low income housing and historic preservation. Senators say those programs return little on the state’s investments in them.
He doesn’t think the Senate will consider the House version until the week of the 17th. And he thinks it’s going to be a tough job getting the senate to agree to the major changes made by the House. The special session ends November 5th.
Governor Nixon says the House’s action is not a step toward resolution of differences between the two chambers. He’s urging the House and Senate to bridge their differences quickly to avoid additional expenses.