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Date: April 9, 2009
By: Jennifer Meckles
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 191

A GOP filibuster that ran into the early morning hours Thursday blocked the governor's plan for tax cuts to business for economic development.  RunTime:0:45
OutCue: SOC

Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Jason Crowell led the filibuster with debate coming from all sides.

Republican Washington senator John Griesheimer tried to find support for his cap on tax credits.

Actuality:  GRIES1.WAV
Run Time: 00:07
Description: "The old saying 'you got to spend money to make money.' In this case, if we want to get people back to work, we absolutely have to do some of these incentives."
Crowell continued to stall, in both agreement and opposition.
Actuality:  CROW1.WAV
Run Time: 00:13
Description: "And I am in entirely, 100 percent in agreement with you. But it also has to be in a smart, methodical, thought out process in which we move forward."

It went on into the early morning hours as Crowell continued to fight his fellow Republicans.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jennifer Meckles.


OutCue: SOC

For the second night in a row, a group of Republican outlaws blocked the Republican leadership's efforts on measures proposed by that same Republican leadership.

Tuesday night it was the proposal to let Ameren UE raise costs to build a new power plant in Callaway County.

Then Wednesday they proposed to provide tax breaks for businesses that create new jobs.

Republican Washington Senator John Greishiemer says Republicans can't continue this without a compromise.

Actuality:  GRIES2.WAV
Run Time: 00:08
Description: "That is a failure. Failure is not an option in this case. We are not going to do that. We are going to find a middle of the road."

But Republican Gape Girardeau senator Jason Crowell says he will not give up.

Actuality:  CROW2.WAV
Run Time: 00:01
Description: "I'm prepared to stand."

All night the floor buzzed with heated personal attacks and insults flying between same-party members.

From the State Capitol, I'm Jennifer Meckles.