The summer session has been called to discuss a ten year, $150 million tax break for the Ford Claycomo Plant in northeast Kansas City.
The plant is planning a phase out of a production line which will cost the area thousands of jobs. The Missouri Automotive Manufacturing Jobs Act would offer $15 million tax breaks annually to Ford if they retain employees and upgrade production facilities.
Senate President Charlie Shields said Friday the members are waiting to see what version of the act will come forward.
“What I would hope is that come next Thursday we have at least two different options available to us. One is a house bill, like I said, it would be nice if it’s in the same version, we just take it up and pass it. That not being the case, we have a Senate bill that we can go through the perfection process and send that over and then we have that bill in place. It’s really about keeping as many options open as possible,” said Shields.
Senate majority leader Kevin Engler says not everyone will come back all at once.
“We’re trying to do this all to make the cheapest possible cost so that we’re meeting only at the certain times and part of that period of time we will not be here. Only different committees or joint committees or the conference committees would be involved and then we would give everybody a few days notice to be back if we had to act as a body. So I wanted to clarify that we’re not all going to be here for two or three weeks,” Engler said.
The Missouri House and Senate will also discuss a reform bill aimed at the Missouri State Employee Pension System. Some members say pension reform should come before any discussion of the Ford tax break.