MO Senators Stall Joplin Tornado Aid
JEFFERSON CITY - An effort to provide tax relief to businesses destroyed by the deadly Joplin tornado has stalled under opposition in the Missouri Senate.
State Sen. Ron Richard of Joplin said Wednesday that he will not move the bill forward because there is not enough support in the Senate to pass it during this month's special session. Richard's
comments to The Associated Press came after a Senate committee declined to bring the bill up for a vote as originally scheduled Wednesday.
The committee chairman, Sen. Chuck Purgason of Caulfield, said Republican senators are concerned about unintended consequences from rushing into action on disaster aid.
Some senators cited concerns about the effect on school districts and county governments around the state if they waive property taxes for businesses destroyed by natural disasters.