Gov. Nixon touts job training consolidation

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | 4:18 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said the state should combine three of its job training programs to improve efficiency.

On Wednesday, Nixon told members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce the goals of the separate programs are "disjointed and confusing." He supports a bill from Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt that would combine them as the Compete Missouri Job Training Program, to steer workers toward certain industries.

The governor also said the state should make changes to its tax credit programs for business development. State economic development director David Kerrsaid the programs could decrease the number of jobs businesses would have to create to receive benefits. Kerr said that would encourage more small businesses to create jobs in rural areas.


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