Gov. Jay Nixon today traveled to St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia to sign one of his top legislative priorities into law: House Bill 191, the bipartisan jobs bill. This bill provides critical resources to help businesses create new jobs, expand their operations and train the workers they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow.
"At a time when Missouri is facing a 25-year high in unemployment, it's vital that we take decisive action to help businesses create jobs in our state and train our workforce for the industries of tomorrow," Gov. Nixon said. "My top priority for this legislative session was to work with legislators from both sides of the aisle to pass a comprehensive, forward-looking jobs bill. Thanks to hard work by both Democratic and Republican leaders, we met that goal, and today, I'm proud to sign our jobs bill into law. By expanding the number of economic tools at our disposal, we'll make sure the world knows Missouri is open for businesses, and we'll get our workers back on the job."
During his transition into office, Gov. Nixon outlined the Show-Me Jobs Initiative, a bipartisan plan to create jobs and get Missourians back to work. Key points in the Show-Me Jobs Initiative included expansions of the state's successful Quality Jobs, Missouri BUILD and Job-Training programs. HB 191 accomplishes each of these goals:
- The bill increases the annual cap on the Quality Jobs Program from $60 million to $80 million and removes the annual per-company cap for jobs in the high-impact and technology categories;
- The bill increases the annual cap on the Missouri BUILD (Business Use Incentives for Large-Scale Development) from $15 million to $25 million and removes the provision requiring the company to seek a competitive bid from another state; and
- The bill provides funding for pre-employment training activities under the state's Job-Training Program.
The bill received strong, bipartisan support in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly. In the Senate, lawmakers passed the bill by a vote of 28-to-6, and the bill passed in the House 153-to-2.
Gov. Nixon signed the legislation during visits to St. Louis Community College - Forest Park and the Columbia Career Center, facilities which are leading providers of job-training services. In Kansas City, he signed the bill at HNTB, a global engineering and architecture firm, which has expanded its operations with support from the state's Quality Jobs Program.
Full text of HB 191 is available online at: