Quantcast

MO Gov. Nixon talks strengths, hardships of attracting new busin - KOAM TV 7

MO Gov. Nixon talks strengths, hardships of attracting new businesses

Updated:
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon talks jobs while on a visit to Joplin.  A big part of Governor Nixon's visit was to welcome a new business to the area.  This new business is called "Cook Portable Warehouses.  It's a manufacturing facility on North Central City Road.

The new business is a two million dollar investment, and is expected to create up to 80 jobs over the next 12 months.  The governor toured the facility, but also talked numbers.

The unemployment rate for Joplin is 4.2%, lower than the national average.  The unemployment rate for the State of Missouri is 5.4%, also lower than the national average, and the lowest percent since April 2008.

"One of the things that's neat about this company, they focus on trying to make sure they're buying local, too.  The nails here, made in Missouri.  The doors, made in the region here.  The shingles, made at Tamko right here.  So I think with all other businesses, they can find high quality close to home.  It cuts down on transportation costs," says Nixon.

The Governor also talked about some hardships with attracting new businesses to the state.  One of those hardships is maintaining and improving the state's road systems.

The Governor is proposing a toll system on I-70.

"The significant portion of those dollars are paid by non-Missourians.  Over 70 percent of the traffic on I-70 is non-Missourians," says Nixon.

Nixon is also proposing increasing the state's fuel tax.

"With the increased efficiency of vehicles, and you base how you pay for roads on a gasoline or diesel tax, what it means is you are getting less money per mile because they're using less fuel," says Nixon.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son

    Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-08-16 00:06:03 GMT

    "We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

    More >>

    "We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

    More >>
  • Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-08-15 23:44:13 GMT
    Mr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the rightMr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the right
    Mr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the rightMr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the right

    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

    More >>

    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

    More >>
  • Downstream & Quapaw Tribe Donate to Campaign to Legalize Casinos in Arkansas

    Downstream & Quapaw Tribe Donate to Campaign to Legalize Casinos in Arkansas

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-08-15 22:55:28 GMT

    An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. 

    More >>

    An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.