Attorney General Jay Nixon is supporting Boeing's decision to appeal a $35 billion dollar contract awarded to a European company to build aerial refueling aircraft.
Boeing has a major plant in St. Louis.
“With a lagging economy in Missouri and across the nation, we can not afford to send thousands of jobs and billions of dollars overseas. We need those jobs right here in Missouri. Our unemployment rate in Missouri remains among the nation’s highest, so now more than ever, we must support our businesses and help them grow. Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and one of Missouri’s largest employers. I fully support its efforts to appeal this ill-advised decision. With the economy in such bad shape, it’s hard to imagine why the politicians in Washington thought it made sense to give such a major contract to a European firm. Missourians are sick of watching their jobs go overseas," Nixon said in a statement.