Last week, the Missouri House of Representatives approved a $50 million tax incentive package for General Motors as the automaker ponders making a $1 billion investment at its Wentzville Assembly plant.
But the bill is now receiving pushback in the house, with opponents of the proposal filibustering for several hours Monday in order to expire debate time in the state’s chamber.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring and others stalled the house for several hours Monday as he explained his reasoning for not backing the $50 million incentive package, which was first brought forth by Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson.
Eigel argued the bill should not go forth as it is not being backed by Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, who is in charge of the district that includes the factory and in which many of its workers reside.
Another representative, Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, said the $50M tax incentive wsd a “complete waste of Missouri tax dollars.”
Governor Parson’s proposal includes giving GM $5 million in tax breaks per year over a 10 year period if the automaker invests at least $750 million in Wentzville Assembly. The plant currently employs around 3,500 people and builds the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Chevy Express, and GMC Savana.
“We are excited about having the opportunity to sit at the table and be a part of negotiations to bring a huge investment to our state and the people of this state,” Governor Parson said in a statement previously.
It’s not clear what the expansion could be for, however since GM seems open to making the investment in a plant other than Wentzville, it seems as though it is not related to mid-size truck or full-size van production.
Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch