Missouri Governor Calls Special Session For Boeing Deal

Dec 2, 2013

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.