Alabama’s offer to land Boeing’s new aircraft plant includes financial incentives that don’t exist now, the governor said Tuesday.
Lawmakers approved the incentive package during a one-week special session last week. Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate by a vote of 23-8 and the House by a vote of 127-20.
The package not only supports statewide tax incentives approved Friday, totaling $1.7 billion, but also pledges another $1.8 billion.
Without that change, Jay Nixon might not have had a chance at what could be one of his greatest governmental achievements — attracting Boeing to make one the biggest industrial investments in Missouri history.
The incentives will be a key part of Missouri’s bid for the Boeing 777X jetliner in a competition featuring more than a dozen states from coast to coast.
A clerical error has delayed a final vote on Missouri legislation offering incentives for Boeing to locate an airplane assembly plant in St. Louis.
The House began debate Friday on the legislation authorizing as much as $1.7 billion of incentives as part of Missouri’s effort to land production of the 777X commercial airplane.
Senate Bill 1 unanimously passed out of the House Economic Development Committee 24-0 Thursday afternoon. The House Rules Committee later approved the plan.
The president of a St. Louis machinists union is meeting with Boeing executives this morning, amidst reports that he had said the company should build its 777X aircraft in Washington State.
Charlotte officials are putting together a bid for Boeing’s new plant to build its 777X jetliner.