Sunday, September 11, 2011
Nieves applauds extra time to think over economic development bill
In a news release issued Thursday, Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, offers some thoughts on the economic development bill that is making its way through the Senate.
Senator Brian Nieves, R-Washington, applauds the request that Senate leadership made today to allow lawmakers quality time to consider economic development legislation, which has been a key topic of debate during the First Extraordinary Session of the 96th General Assembly. The legislation includes many tax credit proposals, including the $360 million Aerotropolis Trade Incentive and Tax Credit Act to create an international cargo hub at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Senator Nieves is thankful to have the chance to read over the entire bill and make an informed decision on behalf of the 26th Senatorial District.
“I had a terrible feeling in the bottom of my stomach that was alerting me that the economic development bill was moving too fast through the legislative process,” Sen. Nieves said. “The bill is well over 200 pages and deserves our full attention — we don’t want to make any uninformed or hasty decisions, like lawmakers will sometimes do in Washington D.C. I feel that I will now be able to look into the faces of my constituents and say, ‘We do business differently in the Missouri Senate as opposed to Washington D.C. — we take the time to read our bills and make our votes count.’ I can also honestly say that whether the outcome of this bill is a ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ my fellow lawmakers and I will make educated decisions regarding the economic development legislation in the best interest of our great state.”
Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Jefferson City on Monday, Sept. 12, and take up the economic development legislation for debate on Tuesday, Sept. 13.