New Boeing contract may head to West Coast

Posted on: 7:55 am, December 12, 2013, by

(KTVI) – Existing facilities in north St. Louis County manufacture fighter jets and parts for commercial aircraft.  But, Missouri offered to build a brand-new facility to accommodate assembly of the new massive commercial airliner.

“This set of proper incentives are a taxpayer-sensitive, but appropriate, way for us to help defray the cost of this significant investment,” Nixon said.  “And are necessary parts for our state and our country to continue to be competitive worldwide.”

But, those incentives angered politicians across the state.  The St. Louis Business Journal reported that Democratic State Senator Jamilah Nasheed accused the Governor’s staff of cutting a side deal with republicans to get the incentives passed.  She said the deal withheld $137-million in tax credits for senior and low-income housing.

Our sister station, WDAF in Kansas City, Missouri reported that Mayor Sly James said the deal could jeopardize three low-income housing projects in his city.

The Seattle Times reported union leaders said members have come to an agreement, and hope to hear a response from Boeing as early as Thursday.  Members could vote on a new contract before December 25, 2013.

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