Missouri Doesn't Want Any More Military Job Cuts
The state's Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission wants to make sure job-generating facilities like the Ike Skelton Training Area avoid future cuts.
"If this situation should arise again, Missouri will be in a much better position to protect its military missions," says Paul Sloca of the Department of Economic Development.
The commission recommends the legislature find ways to increase job opportunities for military dependents, aand make them part of the community by mandating a military presence on school boards in districts near bases. Sloca says all Missourians benefit from the military being here.
"You're not just talking about a military presence but you're talking about the economic benefits from that. Again, from housing to the local grocery store."
"Everyone supports our Missouri troops of course," says Bryan Doyle in Jefferson City, "but we don't want to see them be taken away from home."
One analysis estimates the military generates $52,000,000 for the state government. Missouri wasn't able to save any of the 4,000 jobs cut by previous BRAC decisions. But the U.S. Department of Labor gave the state a $1,000,000 grant to help workers and communities affected by the military job losses.