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Tea Party members rally at state Capitol

Date: September 7, 2011
By: Rebecca Woolf
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Around two dozen people hit the halls of the state Capitol in protest of the China hub.
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Wrap: Nixon's plan to provide 360-million dollars in tax credits to subsidize a China trade hub at Lambert Airport has caught the attention of a small group of Tea Partiers.

Many members say they are worried what will happen to Missouri jobs.

Party member Ron Calzone compares the hub to old mercantilist practices. 

He says thesse policies are unnecessary, and Missourians must say "no."

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Description: "If we want jobs in Missouri, what we'll do is we'll eliminate this kind of special favor treatment, and we'll work at creating an environment of economic freedom."

Supporters of the bill say it will bring companies to Missouri and foster economic growth.

From the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Woolf.

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The state Capitol rotunda filled with about 20 people to oppose plans for a trading hub with China.
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Wrap: Tea Partiers voiced their opposition to Nixon's plan to dish out 360-million dollars to fund a Chinese trading hub at Lambert-St.Louis Airport.

Critics of Nixon's plan argue the hub will hurt Missouri's economy and smother businesses.

Tea Partier Cindy McGee says the government needs to stop picking favorites and protect the interests of everyone.

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Description: "No to the China hub. No to Aerotropolis. No to whatever you want to call this atrocity. No more picking winners and losers. And no more abusive power at the expense of the taxpayers."

Proponents of Nixon's bill say it will bring businesses to Missouri and solve the problem of underused airport space.

From the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Woolf.

Intro: 
About two dozen Tea Partiers gathered at the state Capitol to oppose Nixon's plan for a trade hub with China.
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Wrap: Critics of the proposed trading hub argue it will restrict Missouri businesses and hurt the economy.

Nixon's plan will provide 360-million dollars in tax credits to subsidize the trade hub at Lambert-St.Louis Airport.

Tea Partier Cindy McGee says the plan is unfair and that the government needs to stop picking favorites at the expense of others.

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Description: "Where are the tax breaks and the incentives for all the other businesses in Missouri that have been here for years, that have invested in this state, that are struggling, laying off during these hard economic times?"

But supporters of Nixon's plan argue the hub will foster economic growth and solve the problem of unused airport space.

From the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Woolf.


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