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Oklahoma House votes to modify Quality Jobs Program Act for Tinker

A bill that would modify Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act to help Tinker Air Force Base add 1,300 jobs was approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.
by Randy Ellis Published: May 21, 2014
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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.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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