The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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September 14, 2011

Tornado relief for Joplin businesses stalls in Missouri senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — An effort to provide tax relief to businesses destroyed by the deadly Joplin tornado has stalled under opposition in the Missouri Senate and is in danger of failing during a special legislative session.

State Sen. Ron Richard of Joplin said today that he will not move the bill forward because too many fellow Republican senators have concerns about rushing to provide disaster relief before the state knows the full costs from a year of tornadoes and flooding and has developed a comprehensive plan for recovery.

“The reality is there isn’t the votes to do it,” Richard said.

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