Missouri Governor To Sign Ford Bill

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is signing a tax break bill Thursday aimed at enticing Ford Motor Co. to continue making vehicles at a Kansas City-area plant.

Automotive workers will join Nixon during the afternoon bill-signing ceremony at a union hall near the factory.

Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to the tax breaks after an exasperated senator ended a more than 20-hour filibuster.

The automaker incentives would let manufacturers keep employee withholding taxes they normally would pay to Missouri if they improve their factories for new or expanded product lines. It's targeted primarily at Ford's Claycomo plant, which employs about 3,700 people to make pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

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