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Boeing 777X Plan
Mon December 2, 2013
Missouri Governor Calls Special Session For Boeing Deal
Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 9:34 am
Sound familiar? Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called a special session so lawmakers there can work on a plan to land Boeing's 777X assembly line.
Boeing’s defense division is headquartered in St. Louis.
Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee called lawmakers into special session to pass $8.7 billion worth of tax incentives over 15 years for Boeing. Now Missouri lawmakers will consider a more modest package worth about $150 million a year.
Alex Pietsch of Washington’s Office of Aerospace considers Missouri a real threat to Washington. “It is clear to me that this is a competition and the company is serious about potentially taking this work elsewhere,” said Pietsch.
More than a dozen states are said to be vying for the 777X work. Boeing has set a mid-December deadline for proposals.
The Chicago-based company opened up the competition after unionized machinists in the Northwest rejected a long-term contract offer that included an end to traditional pensions.
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