During Gov. Jay Nixon’s first term, Missouri weathered historic challenges, from nearly double-digit unemployment, to deadly natural disasters, to an auto-industry on the verge of collapse.
Throughout it all, Missourians came together, rolled up their sleeves, and got to work. Gov. Nixon balanced the budget each year without a single tax increase, while providing record funding for education and workforce training and expanding access to mental health and developmental disability services.
Today, Missouri is back on track and moving in the right direction. By the end of 2014, Missouri’s unemployment rate had dropped to 5.4 percent, the lowest since April 2008. Missouri employers created 44,700 jobs in 2014, the highest annual job growth total in 17 years. Meanwhile, automotive manufacturers and suppliers have made more than $2 billion in investments over the last five years.
Missouri remains one of just a few states in the nation with a perfect AAA credit rating from all three independent rating agencies. Gov. Nixon’s commitment to fiscal discipline and doing the right thing for the people of Missouri has put the state on solid ground and on a steady course toward a brighter future.
Now in his second term, Gov. Nixon will continue bringing Missourians together to maintain fiscal discipline, strengthen the economy, and ensure that the Show-Me State remains a great place to live and raise a family.
To accomplish these important goals, Gov. Nixon has put forth proposals to invest in education, to grow the economy and create jobs, to make government more efficient and effective, and to strengthen and reform Medicaid.
To learn more about Gov. Jay Nixon and his plans to build Missouri’s future, follow the Governor on Twitter: @GovJayNixon.