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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 03:00

Boeing incentive bill moves to full Senate

   The Missouri Senate will take up debate Wednesday on a tax incentive bill aimed at luring Boeing's commercial airplane plant to St. Louis.  That after a Senate committee approved legislation Tuesday night that will offer up to $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades tor Boeing.  

   St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley led a delegation of officials testifying Tuesday evening before the Senate committee. They touted the thousands of jobs a new Boeing plant would bring to the area.

   Earlier Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon released an economic analysis showing Missouri would take in more additional tax revenues than it would waive in incentives.  

   St. Louis area governments also would offer incentives. But local economic development officials said they weren't ready Tuesday to put a price tag on those incentives.

   Missouri is one of several states competing to assemble the Boeing 777X airplane.

 

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The owners of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis remain hopeful the Rams won't leave after city leaders rejected $700 million in upgrades sought by the team.

The Rams can break their lease after the 2014 season but have said little about their plans.

The lease requires the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority to provide the team with a "first-tier" stadium by 2015, which is 20 years after the building opened.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has taken over negotiations with Rams owner Stan Kroenke after arbitration between the team and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission failed. The commission operates the dome.

Board chairman Jim Shrewsbury said Tuesday that dome officials haven't given up on keeping the team.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - New details about Missouri's bid for a Boeing assembly plant show the state could offer more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades.

Gov. Jay Nixon's office released details about the incentives Tuesday to The Associated Press as lawmakers prepared to hear testimony about it in a special session.

Nixon also said a new agreement among St. Louis labor councils could help Missouri compete for the Boeing 777X airplane.

Boeing solicited proposals to build its next-generation commercial aircraft after union members in Washington state rejected a proposed contract that sought concessions.

Missouri's potential package of incentives is based on the jobs created. If Boeing adds 2,000 jobs, the incentives could total up to $435 million by 2040. If Boeing adds 8,000 jobs, the incentives could total $1.74 billion.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling state lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider incentives aimed at attracting a massive Boeing Co. production facility to the state.

Officials are hoping to entice Boeing to produce its 777X passenger jet in Missouri. Several other states also have been discussing trying to land the project, and Boeing hopes to make a decision early next year.

Nixon called the special legislative session Friday. It will start Monday, Dec. 2, which is about a month before lawmakers convene their regular session on Jan. 8.

Boeing is already one of Missouri's largest employers, with about 15,000 people including thousands of machinists in the St. Louis area.

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   Governor Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis County Wednesday to publicly pitch his plan to lure a new Boeing aircraft plant to the area.  Nixon will speak to St. Louis business and civic leaders at a luncheon hosted by Progress 64 West, a group that promotes development along the Interstate 64 corridor.  

   The governor met privately with Boeing executives last week as Missouri competes with at least five other states to produce the Boeing 777X commercial airplane.

   A new plant would likely mean thousands of new jobs.  

   Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard has said he supports special tax incentives to try to land the plant.  

   Boeing expects to choose a location just after the first of the year.

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Saturday, 23 November 2013 07:47

Nixon selects new Missouri Medicaid director

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has selected the chief medical officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health to lead the state's Medicaid health care program.

Joe Parks will take over as director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services starting Dec. 16. He replaces Ian McCaslin, who left that position in May after serving as director since August 2007.

Nixon announced the new Medicaid director Friday.

The MO HealthNet Division oversees a Medicaid program that provides health coverage to about 850,000 lower-income children, custodial parents, disabled residents and seniors.

Nixon has sought to expand the program. Republican legislative leaders have said they want to improve Missouri's current Medicaid program before considering Democratic proposals to expand eligibility.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:12

Nixon fills opening on Missouri appeals court

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed to a state appeals court an attorney whose practice focused on workers' compensation law.

Phil Hess, of Sunset Hills, was named Thursday to the Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District. Hess has practiced law in St. Louis for more than 30 years and was the president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys from 2011 to 2012.

Under Missouri's judicial selection process, a state commission selects three nominees for vacancies on appellate courts. The governor appoints one who later appears on the ballot for a retention vote.

Hess is replacing Judge Kathianne Knaup Crane, who retired in August. The other finalists were James Dowd and Michael David, who is a circuit judge in St. Louis.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been cancelled under the terms of the new federal health care law.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the state will let insurers sell individual and small-group policies in 2014 that were to be canceled because they didn't meet federal coverage requirements taking effect next year.

Nationwide, more than 4 million people who buy their own insurance have gotten received notices because their plans didn't meet the requirements of the federal law.

Missouri's decision comes after President Barack Obama recently proposed to allow those customers to keep their existing insurance policies for another year.

 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House Republican says he intends to seek articles of impeachment against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

   Nick Marshall, of Parkville, referred to the governor's executive order directing officials to accept joint tax filings from same-sex couples who are legally married, the release of the names of concealed gun permit holders to a federal agent and driver's license procedures.

   Marshall says he believes the governor's administration has violated the law and that his motivations are not political or to gain attention. He has not spoken to House leaders.

   A Nixon spokesman declined to comment. The Missouri attorney general's office has said the tax filing policy appears to follow the requirements of Missouri tax law.

 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has taken a new, more left-leaning approach in his second term.

   Nixon has long been a Democrat. But he could have passed himself off as a moderate Republican during his first four years as governor. He cut taxes, spending and thousands of government jobs. And Nixon shied far away from President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

   Since he won re-election a year ago, however, Nixon has sought to expand Missouri's Medicaid eligibility under Obama's health care law. He vetoed a big income tax cut and numerous other bills passed by the Republican-led Legislature. And this past week, Nixon came out in support of gay marriage.

   Some political scientists say Nixon appears to be re-positioning himself to appeal to national Democrats.

 
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