A bill that would modify Oklahoma’s Quality Jobs Program Act to help Tinker Air Force Base add 1,300 jobs was approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 1416, which now will go to the Senate, would assist Tinker in the $44 million purchase of the 175-acre BNSF Railway yard so the property can be used to construct an aircraft maintenance facility for the military’s new KC-46A refueling tanker, said state Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville.
Average pay for the new jobs is expected to be about $62,000, Sears said.
Federal officials already have approved Tinker as the maintenance site for these civilian jobs. Another 2,000 civilian jobs could be coming to Tinker later, Sears said.