Missouri Senate stalls amid filibuster of GM tax break bill

Missouri Senate stalls amid filibuster of GM tax break bill
(Source: NBC)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers is blocking work in the Missouri Senate in protest of legislation that would create new tax breaks for businesses.

Members of the Senate's Conservative Caucus were continuing a filibustering Tuesday morning that began around 2:30 p.m. Monday and ran all through the night.

At issue is a package backed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson that would allow General Motors to receive up to $50 million in tax credits to expand a plant that makes trucks and vans. Some senators say they are fine with that, but oppose other parts of the legislation passed by the House that would create scholarships for adults finishing their college degrees and let Parson's administration provide upfront tax breaks to other businesses.

Lawmakers face a Friday deadline to pass bills.

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