JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri House is debating a package of incentives for a potential Boeing assembly plant.
The House began debate Friday on the legislation authorizing as much as $1.7 billion of incentives over more than two decades as part of Missouri's effort to land production of the 777X commercial airplane. House approval is the final step necessary in a special session. The legislation passed the Senate on Wednesday.
Kansas is also preparing an incentive package of its own, trying to secure Boeing production work.
Boeing sought proposals from more than a dozen locations after a machinists union in Washington state rejected a proposed contract last month that sought concessions on pension benefits.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session because he wants to offer Boeing more incentives than currently allowed under state law; Missouri's proposed incentives would be linked to the number of jobs created.