The majority leaders in the Missouri Senate and House said they would support tax breaks to lure Boeing Co.’s 777X assembly plant to St. Louis, through a special session if necessary. Meanwhile a union leader at Boeing’s St. Louis operation said his members would be open to talking with the company about a deal, despite a sister local in Seattle rejecting a contract for the work last week.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon sat down with Boeing executives to pitch St. Louis as a site for assembly of its new 777X commercial jet. The company is shopping for locations after its Seattle-based Machinists union last week rejected contract concessions, including sharp pension cuts. It is drawing eager suitors from coast to coast.
Nixon touted St. Louis’ experienced aerospace workforce and long ties with Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. But winning the plant would probably also require financial incentives — Washington state was prepared to offer $8.5 billion in tax breaks over 15 years — that dwarf any of Missouri’s current programs.