JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – For the entire month of December dozens of cities and states across the nation worked behind closed doors to put together an offer that would woo Boeing to build its 777X passenger jets in their neck of the woods.
Those offers became null and void late Friday night as Boeing machinists in Seattle narrowly approved a contract that would concede some pension and health care benefits in order to secure assembly of the company’s new plane.
But now that it’s all said and done, one Missouri Representative wants to know exactly what was in Governor Jay Nixon’s offer. Was anything added to the offer after it was passed by the legislature?
“It’s for the sake of transparency,” Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City said. “Missouri taxpayers deserve to know exact details of the offer that Governor Nixon made with there money.”
Lawmakers authorized the governor to offer up to $1.7 billion in tax incentives over more than two decades, depending on the number of new jobs Boeing would bring. But Barnes said the proposal included more than that.
“It’s really a simple issue. This is the show-me state,” Barnes added. “What I’m looking for is what detailed subsidy incentive offer did Governor Nixon make to Boeing.”
During the bidding process the state of Missouri disclosed more details on their offer than the majority of other states in the running.
St. Louis County also approved an incentive package.