Just received this:
JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Missouri lawmakers approved a $1.7 Billion tax incentive package aimed at bringing job growth to the state. During the special session called by Governor Nixon, the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved SB 1 offering specific tax incentives to the aerospace industry. This was in response to Boeing announcing they are looking to move production of their 777x airplane out of Seattle. Even though Washington state offered $9 Billion in tax incentives to Boeing, their unions refused to make concessions, forcing the company to look elsewhere for a more business and cost friendly environment.
“As a proponent of job growth and a pro-business tax environment, it was refreshing to have the Governor proactively engage the legislature and allow Missouri to offer tax incentives encouraging job growth,” said Pro Tem Hoskins. “After Governor Nixon’s staunch opposition to HB 253, and his assertion that one could not simultaneously support education and tax breaks, I feared encouraging job growth in Missouri was going to be an uphill battle. With his new attitude on tax-incentives and job creation, I look forward to working more cohesively with the Governor for the benefit of all Missourians.”
Missouri’s incentive package offers up to $150 Million per year for 10 years to aerospace companies who create new jobs in Missouri. The Bill is also contingent upon Boeing creating at least 2,000 jobs in the state by June 20th, 2014. Average pay for these jobs is reportedly $75,000 per year. Boeing already has a formidable workforce within the state, providing over 15,000 jobs. Other states being seriously considered are Alabama and South Carolina, both right-to-work states, with existing Boeing production locations. Boeing will reportedly make a decision regarding moving production of the 777x in January 2014.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured a story on Churches of the Street, an effort organized by Edward “Pastor Paul” Gonnella.
For more than a year, the group’s leaders have collected food from several food pantries, church groups, grocers and restaurants that purge leftovers and expiring products. One of the leaders, Cindy Cooper, 62, says she often spends much of her Mondays cooking at her home near Millstadt. It’s a labor of love that also brings heartache, she says.
“We’re hoping to get them off the drugs, off the alcohol and get them lives,” Cooper said. “When they don’t show up for a certain length of time, I call the morgue. It tears your heart out because you get so attached to these people.”
The morgue is where six Churches on the Streets regulars ended up this year, turning Monday nights into memorial services, Cooper said.
The St. Louis Health Department must have read about the group, because they immediately shut them down:
Churches on the Streets may have served its last hot supper. At least for now.
The city Health Department on Monday told organizers of the group that serves food to the homeless Monday nights at a vacant train depot near the St. Louis riverfront that they must stop serving hot food because they don’t have a permit.
The city’s edict came a day after the group was featured on the front page of the Post-Dispatch.
I’d like to say this is unreal, but it isn’t. It’s reality.
Even the homeless don’t have the freedom to say, “Hmmm, I haven’t eaten in a day and I trust you. Yes, I’ll have that sandwich.”
No, they have to have a government bureaucrat grant a blessing on the Churches of the Street, giving them permission to prepare food for people in need.
Meanwhile, the folks who would benefit from a hot meal prepared without a permit will still be eating food, only it will be out of a garbage can.
Which makes me wonder: does the health department give permits to the Sanitation Department for feeding the homeless?
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer is the vice-Chair of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives. He published this video today of his questioning of several small business owners on how Obamacare is impacting their business and their decisions.
Much of the talk about Boeing’s search for a new home for its 777x manufacturing plant surrounds the proposed package of incentives Gov. Jay Nixon wants to bribe the company with to build in Missouri. But that ignores the reason why Boeing is looking in the first place.
Boeing Co. (BA)’s largest union balked at a company proposal to freeze pensions in exchange for rights to build the new 777 in Washington, casting doubt over the future of manufacturing at the planemaker’s Seattle hub.
Machinists union members voted 67 percent against a contract extension that included pension and health care benefit cuts, the union said in an e-mailed statement. Boeing was disappointed with the outcome and will open up production of its largest twin-engine jet to competitive bidding by other regions, Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit, said in a statement.
The first place Boeing reached out to regarding 777x production?
Utah, a right to work state.
Where else are they looking?
South Carolina, a right to work state.
Oh, yeah. They’re also talking to this guy:
Before the union vote, Perry was already at work wooing Boeing to Texas:
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) November 9, 2013
These states can offer the same package Missouri creates, and then tag, “Oh, yeah, We’re a right to work state, too.”
Why would Boeing move to Missouri when our pro-union Governor makes it possible for them to face the same problems that created this in the first place?
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Progress is being made towards delivering a sweet incentive package to Boeing.
And by sweet, I’m talking $1.7 billion sweet:
The Missouri Senate passed legislation Wednesday afternoon that would give the Boeing Company up to $1.7 billion in incentives over 23 years if it locates production of its new 777X commercial airliner in St. Louis.
The bill, which expands four existing tax credit programs by $150 million annually, passed the Senate 23 to 8, and now heads to the state House.
Who were the eight that voted against it?
Senators Dan Brown, Ed Emery, Will Kraus, Brad Lager, John Lamping, Brian Nieves, Rob Schaaf, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer.
The bill moved on to the House.
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