Missouri legislators start work on Boeing deal

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers were seeking additional information as they started work Monday on an incentives package aimed at winning production of Boeing's new 777X commercial airplane.

A special legislative session called by Gov. Jay Nixon convened at the Capitol with introduction of legislation in the House and Senate. Nixon called the session Friday to approve a package of up to $150 million annually for "large scale aerospace projects" offered through four existing state programs that help finance job training and infrastructure improvements and reward companies for expanding their payrolls.

Lawmakers need to act quickly because the state faces a Dec. 10 deadline to submit a proposal to the Boeing Co., Nixon said. The company said it sent requests for proposals to more than a dozen places and that it will look at them all when they come back in mid-December. The governor's office said the request Missouri received from Boeing is subject to a non-disclosure agreement.

Nixon met with the House and Senate Republican caucuses before the start of the special session and said the discussion was thoughtful and productive.