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Nixon signs tax incentive bill

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Gov. Jay Nixon

 Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill today that authorizes tax incentives for large sporting events and for some charitable donations. 

The new law reinstates tax breaks for food pantries, pregnancy resource centers run by pro-life groups, and the Children in Crisis program, now renamed the “Champion for Children” program. GOP Senator Bob Dixon of Springfield sponsored the bill.
 
“The benevolent tax credits were allowed to expire last year because of disagreement within the legislature on how to move forward with tax credit reform,” he said.
 
Governor Nixon has also signed legislation creating tax incentives designed to draw amateur sporting events to Missouri. The sports legislation authorizes up to $3 million in tax credits each year for organizations that host amateur sporting events such as NCAAA tournaments or Olympic trials. Lawmakers hope the incentives will help Missouri compete with other states in hosting these events.
 
Due to an emergency clause, the law takes effect immediately.

Missouri Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.
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