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Ford Plant in Hazelwood to receive tax breaks

April 17, 2003
By: Megan Murphy
State Capital Bureau

The Senate unanimously passed a bill that could save 2,000 jobs outside St. Louis.

The Ford plant in Hazelwood will get tax breaks if the House also approves the bill. Bill sponsor, Senator Jon Loudon, proposed the tax breaks to give Ford the opportunity to stay in business in Hazelwood. He said the bill was largely a bi-partisan effort.

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OutCue: "with Ford"


Contents: "The Democratic leadership in the St. Louis County - they got together with the Republican leadership in the Senate, and we all agreed we're just creating a set of tools to negotiate with Ford."

Loudon said the Ford plant generates about 35 million dollars a year in revenue for the state. The Senate didn't want to take a chance on losing that revenue. But, there is no guarantee the Ford plant will stay open even with the tax breaks.

In Jefferson City, Megan Murphy, KMOX News


2,000 jobs could be saved thanks to a bill unanimously passed by the Senate.

Depending on what the House does with this bill, the Ford plant in Hazelwood could receive tax breaks. Bill sponsor, Senator Jon Loudon, wanted to give Ford the opportunity to stay in business. Without these tax breaks, Loudon said the plant would have to close. But, even with the tax breaks, there is no guarantee the Ford plant will stay open.

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OutCue: "huge employer"


Contents: "What we're doing is creating a package that will allow us to at least negotiate and give us a chance, because if they do leave it's gonna leave a massive hole in St. Louis county, and really the state. Its a huge employer."

The plant generates about 35 million dollars a year for the state and employs about 2,000 people. Loudon said he was not surprised the bill passed unanimously because it has been largely a bi-partisan effort.

In Jefferson City, Megan Murphy, KMOX News