Mo. senators continue to block vote on Ford bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A filibuster that continued into Tuesday night has blocked a vote in the Missouri Senate on legislation aimed at Ford Motor Co.'s plant near Kansas City.

The legislation offers tax incentives to automakers that improve their Missouri factories for new or expanded product lines.

Critics contend Missouri cannot afford to offer the tax breaks. They point to the proposal as an example of government's wrong-headed approach to economic development.

Republican Sen. Chuck Purgason began the filibuster shortly after noon Tuesday. He did most of the talking to keep the bill from coming to a vote, although another critic of the measure stepped in to give Purgason a break.

The measure is the centerpiece of a special legislative session that leaders hope to conclude by Wednesday.

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