Missouri Legislative Session Ends Friday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Friday is the final day for the Missouri legislature to take action on several key issues and it appears St. Louis City leaders will be disappointed when the session ends.

The Chief of Staff for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the city was hoping for new legislation related to crime, economic development and transportation.

"Those are the things we're following," said Jeff Rainford.  "Unfortunately none of them look like they're going to happen this time."

On the transportation front, the city was hoping a 1 cent sales tax would pass but that will not happen.

City leaders also pushed for new tax credits aimed at attracting start-up businesses.  Those bills were part of a comprehensive tax credit package that does not appear to be headed for passage.

Rainford said existing historic tax credits should stay in place.

"The historic tax credit may be the single best tool for re-vitalization of the city of St. Louis bar none," explained Rainford.

He said the Mayor has traveled the state to develop personal relationships with lawmakers in an effort to win them over.  Rainford adds that the mayor can`t get to every state lawmaker and says there are some who simply don't like St. Louis.

There is also a big push to maintain finding for First Steps, a program that helps developmentally delayed and disabled children between the ages of 2 and 3 years old.

Kristen and Elliott Days are the parents of a child diagnosed with Autism and referred to the program that provided special therapy.

They say their child was not talking until he underwent therapy provided by First Steps.

"He`s made great strides," said Kristen Days.   "He`s talking now."

Her husband believes the state would actually save money by helping kids while they are young.

"You can pay now or pay later when they develop troubles as adults," argues Elliott Days.

The Missouri General Assembly will end its 2013 session on Friday at 6pm.


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