JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Boeing employees who are Missouri lawmakers took different approaches when the House considered a package of incentives for their company to assemble a new passenger jet in the St. Louis area.
Rep. Doug Funderburk, who is a longtime Boeing electrician, passionately urged colleagues to approve the legislation Friday. He voted "yes" as the bill passed the House 127-20.
Funderburk told The Associated Press he didn't think it posed a conflict of interest because he plans to retire within a few years. He said Boeing officials had no conversations with him about the legislation.
Representative Clem Smith, who is a machinist on the Boeing F-18, abstained from voting. Smith told The AP the bill presented a conflict of interest, because it could mean more money in his pocket.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's low-income housing commission has delayed the approval of millions of dollars of tax credits - apparently as an outgrowth of the negotiations over incentives for Boeing Co.
The Missouri Housing Development Commission voted 6-1 Friday to postpone a decision on about $14 million in tax credits until next March.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who is a member of the commission, said Gov. Jay Nixon's chief of staff requested the delay.
Kinder said Nixon's staffer told the commission the governor had agreed with several senators to slow down the issuance of other tax credits in exchange for them not blocking legislation authorizing tax breaks for Boeing to assemble planes in St. Louis.
The housing tax-credit vote came shortly after the House gave final approval Friday to the Boeing incentives.
Police say a Collinsville man was drunk when he caused an accident that killed five people.
The accident happened on November 23rd just before 10:30 in Hamilton County. Of the six people involved in the crash, driver Darrell Delong was the only survivor. Delong faces multiple charges including aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.
Police say Delong lost control of a his SUV and it rolled over several times.