Senate to Hold Public Air Cargo Hub Meeting

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Senate members will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitol to have a public hearing on the China Air Cargo Hub bill in special session. Senate Leader Rob Mayer says it's holding the meeting to show people information the senate's collected over the years.

The Senate says the China Air Cargo Hub Bill could save about $947 million for Missourians over the next 15 years. That's even after the Senate passed the significantly scaled back version of the China Air Cargo Hub Bill.

The Senate cut out $300 million that was originally in the bill to go toward the Lambert Airport in St. Louis. As it stands now, only $60 million is proposed to go toward the bill.

 "Laying everything out on the table and allowing senators to be candid and to just tell us exactly where we're at on the different provisions," Mayer said of what the Senate's plan was after cutting back the incentives. "Hopefully we can avoid a filibuster."

Some are worried whether the bill will get to the governor's desk though. Tuesday, the House delayed a committee vote on the revamped bill. Rep. John Diehl says if the two sides can't come to an agreement on the amount of tax incentives, the special session might end without the bill's signing.