Nixon to lawmakers: Pass jobs bill or end special session

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | 4:33 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon said it's time for lawmakers to send him a job-creation bill or end their special legislative session.

The session has cost taxpayers about $170,000 since it began Sept. 6, Nixon said Wednesday.

Legislators last week sent the governor a bill revising a contentious new law about online communications between teachers and students.

But they parted ways without passing the session's top priority. That bill would have scaled back Missouri's existing tax credits and offered new incentives for businesses to hire workers or export products through the St. Louis airport.

Republican House and Senate leaders have no further votes scheduled. Nixon said it's time for them to either "resolve their differences" and pass a bill, "or bring this special session to a close."

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