Mo. Senate leader backs Boeing incentives

Nov 22, 2013

A top senator says he supports special tax incentives to entice the Boeing Co. to build a new airplane in Missouri.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said Friday that it should be "a no-brainer" for lawmakers to authorize incentives for Boeing. He says it could mean thousands of jobs and a massive boost to the economy.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he's working quickly and aggressively to lure Boeing. Missouri is competing with several other states to produce the Boeing 777X. Nixon says a decision could come as soon as January.

Nixon had a telephone call Thursday with legislative leaders about the project.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says the governor hasn't outlined a specific incentive package yet and hasn't said whether a special session would be necessary.