Special Session Starts Soon
Most of the feet walking at the State Capitol right now belong to tourists, but that will soon change. This year's special session begins Monday, and although lawmakers will consider just two bills, there's plenty at stake.
"We're always looking forward to the session because it adds up really quick. I mean, every little bit helps. It's an increase of 30 percent which is really good," Coffee Zone owner Taisir Yanis said.
In addition to more customers, some can look forward to some tax benefits. The session will debate the Governor's proposed quality jobs program that promises to increase tax credits for small businesses across the state from $12 million to $30 million. Southbank Gift Company owner Jill Bednar is excited for the session to start.
"We always see an increase in foot traffic. And we see a lot of faces we haven't seen in a while when they come back, so when they come back earlier it's better for everybody," Bednar said.
In addition to the economic development bill, lawmakers will also discuss a bill that would improve 800 bridges across the state.