UPDATE: GOP-led legislature pledges to cut taxes, increase business opportunities

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | 3:01 p.m. CST; updated 7:18 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri General Assembly convened its 2013 session Wednesday with the largest contingent of Republican lawmakers since the Civil War era pledging to cut taxes for residents and revamp the state's business incentives to boost the economy.