Two Mid-Missouri legislators vote against Boeing incentives

Was price tag too high?

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Berkeley , rises to speak on behalf of a bill that would authorize up to $1.7 billion of incentives to Boeing over more than two decades as part of Missouri's effort to land production of their new 777X commercial airplane on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Jefferson City, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session because he wants to offer Boeing more incentives than currently allowed under state law in an effort to bring production of the airplane to Missouri.

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Berkeley , rises to speak on behalf of a bill that would authorize up to $1.7 billion of incentives to Boeing over more than two decades as part of Missouri's effort to land production of their new 777X commercial airplane on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Jefferson City, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session because he wants to offer Boeing more incentives than currently allowed under state law in an effort to bring production of the airplane to Missouri. Photo by The Associated Press.

Two Mid-Missouri representatives voted against a bill Friday that includes $1.7 billion in economic incentives meant to attract Boeing Co. to build its 777X commercial jet in the St. Louis area.

The House passed the bill Friday 127-20, and the Senate passed it Wednesday 23-8.

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign the bill early next week, so that the economic incentives may be included in a proposal to Boeing due Dec. 10.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said he voted against the bill because he believes “it’s an iffy proposition for taxpayers that this project will pay off at $1.7 billion.”

“If I were looking at this and looking to potentially invest my own money in a scheme like this, I would say, ‘No way!’” Barnes said. “So, if I’m not going to vote for a bill that I wouldn’t invest my own money in, I’m not going to vote to invest taxpayer money in it.”

He said the price tag is too high.

“I think there’s a level at which an incentives package could work,” Barnes said. “But, when a state puts together an incentives package, it has to make sense for taxpayers, long-term.”

Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, told the the legislative body during Friday’s debate that he would vote against the bill because it goes against small businesses.

“Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you should get to pay a lower tax rate,” he said. “I agree if you’re going to give away a tax revenue, you need to do it across the board.”

Other Mid-Missouri legislators voted for the bill because of its economic opportunity.

Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, voted ‘yes,’ as did Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, and Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California.

“Any time we have an opportunity to bring jobs to Missouri, I think we need to do everything we can to do that,” Jones said. “What was really important about this piece of legislation is that there are certain milestones set — if jobs weren’t created for the state and revenue brought into the state, we wouldn’t give out any support.”

Riddle said bringing Boeing to Missouri is an “opportunity to put people back to work with really fine-paying jobs, as well as the supplying and retail effect that goes along with that.”

“Why would we not give an opportunity to pursue this?” Riddle asked.

She noted there are many states in the running for the Boeing plant.

“But, it’s an opportunity for people to go to work,” she said.

News Tribune reporter Bob Watson contributed to this report.

House roll call vote

The 127-20 vote Friday by which the Missouri House gave final approval to legislation authorizing tax incentives for Boeing Co. to build an assembly plant for commercial airplanes in Missouri.

Voting "yes" were 84 Republicans and 43 Democrats.

Voting "no" were 17 Republicans and three Democrats.

Not voting were eight Republicans and six Democrats.

REPUBLICANS VOTING YES

Sue Allen, Town and Country

Mike Cierpiot, Lee's Summit

Kevin Austin, Springfield

Mike Bernskoetter, Jefferson City

T.J. Berry, Kearney

Wanda Brown, Lincoln

Steve Cookson, Poplar Bluff

Robert Cornejo, St. Peters

Sandy Crawford, Buffalo

Gary Cross, Lee's Summit

Paul Curtman, Pacific

Charlie Davis, Webb City

John Diehl, Town and Country

Dean Dohrman, La Monte

Tony Dugger, Hartville

Kevin Engler, Farmington

Sue Entlicher, Bolivar

Scott Fitzpatrick, Shell Knob

Paul Fitzwater, Potosi

Tom Flanigan, Carthage

Dennis Fowler, Advance

Lyndall Fraker, Marshfield

Doug Funderburk, St. Peters

Elaine Gannon, De Soto

Chuck Gatschenberger, Lake St. Louis

Don Gosen, Chesterfield

Jeff Grisamore, Lee's Summit

Elijah Haahr, Springfield

Marsha Haefner, St. Louis

Kent Hampton, Malden

Jim Hansen, Frankford

Ron Hicks, St. Peters

Galen Higdon, St. Joseph

Dave Hinson, St. Clair

Denny Hoskins, Warrensburg

Lincoln Hough, Springfield

Jay Houghton, Martinsburg

Thomas Hurst, Meta

Caleb Jones, California

Tim Jones, Eureka

Jeffery Justus, Branson

Mike Kelley, Lamar

Glen Kolkmeyer, Wellington

Bart Korman, High Hill

Mike Lair, Chillicothe

Bill Lant, Joplin

Jeanie Lauer, Blue Springs

Mike Leara, St. Louis

Donna Lichtenegger, Jackson

Warren Love, Osceola

Steve Lynch, Waynesville

John McCaherty, High Ridge

Joe Don McGaugh, Carrollton

Rocky Miller, Tuscumbia

Chris Molendorp, Belton

Lynn Morris, Nixa

Dave Muntzel, Boonville

Myron Neth, Liberty

Donna Pfautsch, Harrisonville

Don Phillips, Kimberling City

Randy Pike, Adrian

Craig Redmon, Canton

Bill Rieboldt, Neosho

Tim Remole, Excello

Shawn Rhoads, West Plains

Todd Richardson, Poplar Bluff

Jeanie Riddle, Mokane

Caleb Rowden, Columbia

Lyle Rowland, Cedarcreek

Dwight Scharnhorst, St. Louis

Dave Schatz, Sullivan

Noel Shull, Kansas City

Lindell Shumake, Hannibal

Sheila Solon, Blue Springs

Chrissy Sommer, St. Charles

Bryan Spencer, Wentzville

Rick Stream, Kirkwood

Kathy Swan, Cape Girardeau

Mike Thomson, Maryville

Noel Torpey, Independence

Nathan Walker, Kirksville

Paul Wieland, Imperial

David Wood, Versailles

Anne Zerr, St. Charles

DEMOCRATS VOTING YES

Ira Anders, Independence

Bob Burns, St. Louis

Michael Butler, St. Louis

Jon Carpenter, Kansas City

Mike Colona, St. Louis

Linda Black, Desloge

Pat Conway, St. Joseph

Courtney Curtis, Berkeley

Randy Dunn, Kansas City

Rory Ellinger, University City

Keith English, Florissant

Vicki Englund, St. Louis

Michael Frame, Eureka

Kimberly Gardner, St. Louis

Ben Harris, Hillsboro

Jacob Hummel, St. Louis

Michele Kratky, St. Louis

Jeremy LaFaver, Kansas City

Karla May, St. Louis

John Mayfield, Independence

Gail McCann Beatty, Kansas City

Tom McDonald, Independence

TJ McKenna, Festus

Margo McNeil, Florissant

Sue Meredith, St. Louis

Bonnaye Mims, Kansas City

Gina Mitten, St. Louis

Genise Montecillo, St. Louis

Judy Morgan, Kansas City

Mary Nichols, Maryland Heights

Charlie Norr, Springfield

Bill Otto, St. Charles

Sharon Pace, Northwoods

Josh Peters, St. Louis

Tommie Pierson, St. Louis

John Rizzo, Kansas City

Jeff Roorda, Barnhart

Joe Runions, Grandview

Ed Schieffer, Troy

Jill Schupp, Creve Coeur

Jay Swearingen, Kansas City

Rochelle Walton Gray, Black Jack

John Wright, Rocheport

REPUBLICANS VOTING NO

Sonya Anderson, Springfield

Kurt Bahr, O'Fallon

Jay Barnes, Jefferson City

Rick Brattin, Harrisonville

Eric Burlison, Springfield

Stanley Cox, Sedalia

Kevin Elmer, Nixa

Casey Guernsey, Bethany

Delus Johnson, St. Joseph

Shelley Keeney, Marble Hill

Nick Marshall, Parkville

Jeff Pogue, Salem

Holly Rehder, Sikeston

Robert Ross, Yukon

Ron Schieber, Kansas City

Bill White, Joplin

Kenneth Wilson, Smithville

DEMOCRATS VOTING NO

Brandon Ellington, Kansas City

Jeanne Kirkton, Webster Groves

Stephen Webber, Columbia

REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING

Kathie Conway, St. Charles

Diane Franklin, Camdenton

Keith Frederick, Rolla

Andrew Koenig, Manchester

Jeffrey Messenger, Republic

Mike Moon, Ash Grove

Jim Neely, Cameron

Mark Parkinson, St. Charles

DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING

Steve Hodges, East Prairie

Penny Hubbard, St. Louis

Chris Kelly, Columbia

Kevin McManus, Kansas City

Stacey Newman, St. Louis

Clem Smith, Velda Village Hills

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