Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday morning he's confident the Missouri Legislature will pass his "workforce development" plan before the legislative session ends Friday.
As several conservative senators were into the 21st hour of an ongoing filibuster against the bill, Parson told reporters in his Capitol office: "We know how important (this bill) is to big business to Missouri (and) to give opportunities for manufacturing jobs."
The bill — the House-passed version of Senate Bill 68 — includes provisions added as a result of negotiations with General Motors, aimed at keeping the giant automaker in Missouri and expanding its Wentzville plant in western St. Charles County.
But, Parson said, the bill isn't just about GM.
"(The bill) is fair to all Missourians," the governor said. "We're not going to do a piece of legislation just for one company."
The Senate filibuster has been staged by six Republicans, who all are members of what they call the "Conservative Caucus" — Bill Eigel, Weldon Spring; Bob Onder, Lake St. Louis; Andrew Koenig, Manchester; Denny Hoskins, Warrensburg; Cindy O'Laughlin, Shelbina; and Eric Burlison, Battlefield.
Parson said he or members of his staff met with five members of the group — but had not, yet, met with Onder.
The governor also told reporters: "The majority (of senators) believe (the bill) is the right thing to do. Citizens just want an up-or-down vote."
When asked if he would call a special session, if the bill isn't passed before Friday's 6 p.m. deadline, Parson said: "I'm confident we're going to get this done (this week)."