Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says creating jobs should be the state’s top priority, and he isn’t worried about who gets the credit.

 


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says creating jobs should be the state’s top priority, and he isn’t worried about who gets the credit.
   Nixon visited Eagle Days in Clarksville on Saturday and talked about the jobs program he unveiled just nine days previously in his State of the State address.
   “We want to make sure we’re getting a new generation of entrepreneurs,” Nixon said. “Small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy.”
   Nixon has proposed a three-step plan.
   The Missouri First program would make businesses that have been in the state for five or more years eligible for enhanced incentives to expand and create jobs.
   Nixon also proposes the Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act to create a fund that would allow new companies to apply for start-up capital. Funding would come from part of the taxes paid by existing companies.
   The final part of the plan calls for $12 million in new funding for job-training programs at community colleges to prepare workers for new industries.
   Nixon says job creation is a topic Democrats and Republicans can agree upon, and he expects bi-partisan cooperation in getting measures passed during the legislative session.
   “We’ll work together,” he promised. “This isn’t Washington, D.C. We respect each other. When it comes to moving the state forward, it’s not about whether you ride a donkey or an elephant. It’s about working together.”