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Missouri State Senators Could Ban Greitens' MHDC Nominees For Life

Three of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' appointees could be banned for life from serving on a commission that gives out tax credits for low-income housing projects after they successfully voted to block taxpayer money from going into programs known to divert millions of taxpayer dollars to developers instead of housing projects.

Three of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' appointees could be banned for life from serving on a commission that gives out tax credits for low-income housing projects after they successfully voted to block taxpayer money from going into programs known to divert millions of taxpayer dollars to developers instead of housing projects.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission voted to stop putting state money into a program originally created to give public grants to developers for low-income housing in the state. Several audits and investigations for more than a decade have found that less than half of that money has been used for those projects. The most recent audit found that only 41 cents of every taxpayer dollar in the program went to build low-income housing.

The Commission's vote reportedly angered lawmakers who are tied to developers through campaign donations, putting Greitens' nominees in danger of being nominated amid a scandalous story about infidelity. Greitens has now asked to withdraw those nominees, but that requires Senate approval.

Wednesday night, three senators led a floor debate over whether or not to approve Greitens' request to withdraw the nominees. Withdrawing the appointees would allow them to be reappointed later. If they are not withdrawn or confirmed by the Senate before Saturday, they will be banned from serving on the commission for life.

The three senators whe led debate on the floor Wednesday night to filibuster and trigger the ban were Senator Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis, and Senator Gary Romine of Farmington.

Greitens has faced political attacks since making his appointments to the MHDC and shaking up the state's education commission. Before the start of the session, Schaaf and Romine have both vowed to block Greitens' moves on both committees, moves which will likely save Missouri taxpayers millions of dollars if they stay in place.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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