(AP)–JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -
Missouri senators have passed legislation offering up to $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades for Boeing to assemble a commercial airplane in St. Louis.
Senators passed the bill 23-8 Wednesday while meeting in a special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon. It now goes to the House.
The eight ‘no’ votes includes Lee’s Sumitt Republican Will Kraus.
He and Sen. John Lamping voted against the nil in the committee hearings Tuesday. Lamping also cast a ‘no’ vote during the roll call.
Other ‘no’ votes include: Dan Brown; Ed Emery; Brad Lager;Brian Nieves; Rob Schaaf and Kurt Schaefer.
Missouri is one of more than a dozen locations invited by Boeing to bid on assembling the new 777X airplane.
Most other states are crafting their proposals privately. But Nixon called a special session because he wanted to offer more incentives than currently allowed under state law.
Under Missouri’s plan, the amount of incentives Boeing gets would depend on the number of jobs created.
Supporters say the Boeing project includes 2,000 to 8,000 company jobs, plus thousands of more at its suppliers.
Missouri State Senators are expected to debate a economic incentive package worth $1.7 billion dollars Wednesday, in an effort to land the production for Boeing’s new 777X airliner.
A Senate committee approved the bill Tuesday, the first full day if the Boeing Special Session.
Lee’s Summit Republican Will Kraus and St. Louis Senator John Lamping voted against the deal in committee. Both men have questions about the accuracy of the revenue projections made by the Nixon Administration.
Governor Jay Nixon quickly called the special session last week in order to develop a financial package to try and lure the deal, and thousands of jobs to the St. Louis area. Boeing already has a large presence in that region.
The Governor’s office predicts the state could get a boost of more than $260 million dollars if Boeing adds 2,000 jobs to the St.Louis area by 2040.
That number could rise to as much as $1.1 billion over the same period if Boeing selects Missouri for the bulk of the 777X project, according to Nixon’s office.
The quick special session, according to Governor, is necessary because bids to Boeing are due December 10.
Missouri is one of more than a dozen states, including the Boeing home headquarters in Washington state, bidding for the work.
Nixon also announcedTuesday that St. Louis area labor unions are willing to work around the clock, without overtime, to build the Boeing plant in the area.
“Missouri brings a lot to the table when it comes to competing for this massive manufacturing project,” Nixon told reporters Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
A Missouri House Committee also approved a version of the deal Tuesday.
The State Senate goes back into session Wednesday morning to debate the measure.
(AP) – Missouri’s two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.
In a letter Tuesday to Boeing executives, Republican Roy Blunt and Democratic Claire McCaskill noted that the company already has more than 15,000 employees in Missouri.
Blunt and McCaskill also cited Missouri’s transportation network – including rail, highways and rivers – and what they called the state’s “track record of success in building airplanes.”
The senators made their pitch as Missouri legislators meet in a special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon to consider offering Boeing more than $1.7 billion worth of incentives over two decades
(AP) – A Missouri House interim education committee is recommending changes to student transfers, more funding for early childhood education and increased learning time for students.
The panel held 11 public meetings throughout the state this fall and released its report Tuesday to the House speaker.
One of its major topics was Missouri’s law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer to neighboring districts.
That is a big issue for suburban Kansas City schools. Some have gone to court over the issue since the Kansas City school district is unaccredited and some student may be able to transfer out of the district. The student transfer issue in the Kansas City area may depend on an upcoming ruling from the Missouri State Supreme Court.
The committee recommended setting a fixed rate of tuition that schools receiving transfer students could charge. It also suggested prescribing the scope of receiving districts’ control over the numbers and conditions of transfers they accept.
The panel also recommended that the Legislature look at providing more money for early childhood education, and longer school days for students, especially those who struggle academically or attend troubled districts.
(AP) – State prison officials say they want to build two new cell blocks, with a total of 512 new beds, at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.
If the Legislature agrees to fund the project, the El Dorado facility would become the largest prison in the state.
Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said the department hopes to open the first cell block on Jan. 1, 2017, with the second opening 18 months later.
The Wichita Eagle reports the project would cost an estimated $24.3 million, with annual operating cost of $8.3 million.
Barclay says if lawmakers refuse to approve the bonds for the project, the state will have to start housing inmates in other states or consider leasing space in county jails.