Jobs Needed, but How?

8 years 8 months 6 days ago Monday, December 13 2010 Dec 13, 2010 Monday, December 13, 2010 5:26:56 AM CST December 13, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly everyone at the Missouri Capitol is talking about the need to create jobs when the Legislature convenes next month. But there already are differences in how to do that among Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican legislative leaders.

For Nixon, creating jobs generally has meant providing state aid to specific businesses to help them expand and hire additional employees. He wants to revamp Missouri's tax credits -- eliminating some programs, merging others and giving his Department of Economic Development greater flexibility to tailor incentives to particular projects.

For Republican legislative leaders, creating jobs means providing a general pro-business environment that encourages companies to expand. They want to reduce taxes for businesses, limit union powers and rewrite Missouri laws on discrimination and injury claims to protect businesses from legal costs.

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