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

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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.

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