Cessna Getting Help from State

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is traveling to Wichita this week to sign a bill providing help from the state for Cessna Aircraft.

The measure permits the state to issue up to $33 million in bonds to help the aircraft manufacturer expand its Wichita-area facilities. The expansion will allow Cessna to produce its new Citation Columbus business jet in Kansas. The company expects to increase its annual payroll by about $74 million and add 1,000 new jobs.

Sebelius has scheduled the signing ceremony for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cessna Customer Center.

Under the new law, the bonds will be repaid from the withholding taxes Cessna collects from its new employees.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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