Missouri lawmakers OK bill in bid to keep federal spy agency

4 years 7 months 21 hours ago Thursday, May 07 2015 May 7, 2015 Thursday, May 07, 2015 3:42:00 PM CDT May 07, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have endorsed a plan to keep a federal intelligence agency in the St. Louis area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the legislation approved Wednesday would grant tax-increment financing for northern St. Louis around a former public housing site to persuade the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to stay in the state.

The agency is looking to move its western headquarters to somewhere else in the St. Louis region, which also includes Illinois.

Under the bill, the state of Missouri would contribute up to half of withholding revenues from the agency, which could be as much as $12 million a year.

The measure won broad support in the Legislature, and Nixon has lobbied in the past to keep the intelligence agency in the state.

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