JEFFESON CITY, Mo. -- Committees of the Missouri House and Senate have scheduled hearings on incentives aimed at helping persuade Boeing Co. to build its 777X commercial aircraft in the state.
Lawmakers on Monday opened a special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon to consider a package of up to $150 million annually in incentives for Boeing.
On Tuesday, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is heading to Jefferson City to advocate for the plant which will manufacture the aircrafts. He will appear in front of a Senate committee that plans to meet at 5 p.m. to consider the proposal.
"We are in in competition with other states and this is a business deal. If we don't, the state and the county don't offer incentives to Boeing, then Boeing will do nothing as far as St. Louis is concerned," Slay told News 4 on Monday.
Slay said in his opinion the plant is the biggest single opportunity in a generation regarding job creation, economic development in the St. Louis area and Missouri.
The House Economic Development Committee is scheduled to consider that chamber’s legislation following the conclusion of the Senate hearing.
Missouri is among several states seeking to win the 777X. Nixon says the state is facing a Dec. 10 deadline to submit an offer to Boeing.