The general assembly was unable to pass any type of tax incentive bill before the end of session in May. Yesterday a Senate committee passed a House bill that would allow Ford to keep one hundred million dollars in withholding taxes if they use that money to retool and retain jobs. During a Senate committee hearing, state economic developer David Kerr was asked if the automaker has committed to anything at the northeast Kansas City plant.
“The answer is, we, again, have met with the chairman, we have continued to discuss with them on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. Ford has made absolutely no commitment at this point. What I can tell you is if we fail to invest with this, we know what the answer is going to be from my perspective,” says Kerr.
The sponsor of the bill in the House said fifteen thousand jobs at Claycomo would be lost and parts plants in 113 of Missouri’s 114 counties will be affected if the Claycomo plant moves jobs. Today the bill moves to the full Senate for flood debate.