Senator Upset By Low-Income Housing Decision Blocks PSC Appointment

Gov. Jay Nixon | Photo from of
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Sen. Jamilah Nasheed blocked a gubernatorial appointment to the Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities in the state, and is demanding clearer PSC regulations and rules and a release of more than $13 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit funds. Nasheed, D-St. Louis, has clashed with fellow Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon in the last few weeks after Nixon asked the Missouri Housing Development Commission to temporarily withhold LIHTC funds already approved for use.

The request came as part of a deal Nixon reached with senate Republicans to secure speedy passage of last month’s Boeing incentive package. A contingent of Senate Republicans demanded Nixon take action on the state’s massive tax credit program before they approved the deal.

Nasheed’s district is a large recipient of the funds, which she says are “absolutely vital,” to her constituents.

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