Coal Gasification Plant Is Subject Of Meeting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers are meeting with Peabody Energy executives in downtown Louisville today about possible tax incentives if the company should choose to build a coal gasification plant in the state.

Leaders of the state general assembly and Governor Fletcher are meeting privately at the Kentucky Convention Center. Fletcher called lawmakers into a special session earlier this month to consider possible incentives aimed at luring the company to Kentucky. A proposal that cleared the Senate calls for some 300 (m) million dollars in tax breaks.

House Democratic lawmakers have been reluctant to consider the proposal, saying they think the matter could wait until the regular legislative session early next year.

Lawmakers are scheduled to return to the capitol Monday to resume the special session.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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