Missouri governor to sign Ford incentives bill

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 9:00 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 15, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation Thursday offering incentives to Ford Motor Co. and other automakers.

The bill won final approval Wednesday by votes of 101-40 in the Missouri House and 20-7 in the Senate. That came only after Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, ended a more than 20-hour filibuster.

The legislation allows automakers to keep employee withholding taxes they normally would pay Missouri if they improve their factories for new or expanded product lines. It's targeted at Ford's Claycomo plant near Kansas City, which employs about 3,700 people.

Nixon plans to sign the bill Thursday at a union hall near the Claycomo factory.

A Ford spokeswoman said the company would consider the incentives, as it decides where to build future vehicles.