JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Governor Nixon is calling the legislature into special session, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. He wants it to enact legislation that will let Missouri bid for Boeing’s new airliner factory.
Missouri is competing to be the site where Boeing will build its new 777x airliner.
Nixon says in his call that “building this next-generation commercial aircraft in Missouri would create thousands of jobs…and secure our position as a hub for advanced aerospace manufacturing.”
He’s asking for incentives legislation adding up to $150 million a year for large-scale aerospace projects under four state economic development programs.
Nixon says the programs are available to any company “creating significant numbers of high-paying, family-supporting jobs.” The legislation he wants will maintain existing programs while letting Missouri compete for the Boeing project.
WHEREAS, aerospace manufacturing and the supplier industry that aerospace manufacturing supports are vital to our State’s economy; and
WHEREAS, the State of Missouri has a long history in aerospace manufacturing and is home to a skilled workforce to produce aircraft now and for generations to come; and
WHEREAS, the aerospace industry is critical to our State’s economy, with aerospace manufacturers and suppliers located in communities throughout the State; and
WHEREAS, the development of new aerospace manufacturing opportunities within the State of Missouri is vital to continuing Missouri’s leadership in the aerospace industry; and
WHEREAS, in order to compete for next-generation aerospace manufacturing opportunities, Missouri’s economic development programs must be expanded to accommodate projects involving significant job creation and large capital investment; and
WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 9 of the Missouri Constitution authorizes the Governor on extraordinary occasions to convene the General Assembly by proclamation, wherein he shall state specifically each matter on which action is deemed necessary; and
WHEREAS, the need for expanding certain existing economic development programs in order for the State of Missouri to compete for aerospace manufacturing projects is an extraordinary occasion envisioned by Article IV, Section 9 of the Missouri Constitution.
NOW THEREFORE, on the extraordinary occasion that exists in the State of Missouri:
I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution of the State of Missouri, do, by this Proclamation, convene the Ninety-Seventh General Assembly of the State of Missouri in the First Extra Session of the First Regular Session; and
I HEREBY call upon the Senators and Representatives of said General Assembly to meet in the State Capitol in the City of Jefferson at the hour of 4:00 p.m., Central Standard Time, on December 2, 2013; and
I HEREBY state that the action of said General Assembly is deemed necessary concerning each matter specifically designated and limited hereinafter as follows:
To enact legislation authorizing large-scale aerospace projects to be funded under the Missouri Works Program (Sections 620.2000 to 620.2020, RSMo), Missouri Business Use Incentives for Large-Scale Development Act (BUILD) (Sections 100.700 to 100.850, RSMo), Missouri Works Training Program (Sections 620.800 to 620.809, RSMo), and the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act (Sections 99.800 to 99.865, RSMo) within a distinct annual funding cap established for such aerospace projects.
To allow the Senate to consider appointments to boards, commissions, departments, and divisions that require advice and consent of the Senate.
Such additional and other matters as may be recommended by the Governor by special message to the General Assembly after it shall have been convened.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 29th day of November, 2013.