House Committee Investigates Jobs Program

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JEFFERSON CITY - The interim Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability will meet at the state capitol at noon Monday to discuss tax incentives related to job creation and the Missouri Quality Jobs Program. It will also discuss new figures released from the Missouri Department of Economic Development saying businesses have overpromised jobs.

Thousands of jobs promised through the Missouri Quality Jobs Program have yet to materialize. The department reported that out of 23,145 jobs promised, only 5,873 have been created. The program is the state's largest job creation incentive, and lawmakers are now investigating its value.

The committee formed this fall after the collapse of Mamtek in Moberly. The proposed artificial sweetener factory promised more than 600 jobs.