McCaskill Meets With KC Chamber
February 1, 2014

KC Business Journal via John Combest:
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill talked a out jobs and infrastructure in Kansas City Friday.
McCaskill, D-Mo., said the problem is especially grave in Missouri. She said recent announcements from the Missouri Department of Transportation that it cannot fund new projects is especially concerning. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said the lack of infrastructure funding is a crisis that requires immediate resolution during an appearance at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on Friday.
How that funding gap will be bridged is unclear. McCaskill said federal infrastructure funding is drying up and there needs to be a new program to replenish the nation’s infrastructure coffers.
She said she will support new legislation that would provide incentives for U.S. businesses with money overseas to repatriate that money in the form of infrastructure bonds.
McCaskill said that program could send more than $75 billion toward federal infrastructure programs. While saying the legislation will be high on her priority list this year, she did not say how soon a bill might be introduced.
McCaskill said she supports the streetcar program and thinks that Kansas City has a good case for seeking federal funds, since the metro area has lagged behind others in terms of federal assistance for public transportation projects. But she said that both the city and the federal government should be realistic about the availability of money to fund proposed streetcar expansions.
McCaskill declined to opine on the airport, saying that it’s an issue that Kansas City needs to decide itself.

Unemployment Rate Drops But Jobs Report Weak
January 10, 2014

(AP) – U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing gain ends 2013 on a weak note and could raise questions about the economy’s recent strength.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate fell from 7 percent in November to 6.7 percent, the lowest level since October 2008. But the drop occurred mostly because more Americans stopped looking for jobs. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively searching for work.

Stock futures fell after the report was released.

The slowdown in hiring could cause the Federal Reserve to rethink its plans to slow its stimulus efforts. The Fed decided last month to cut back on its monthly bond purchases by $10 billion. It could delay further reductions until it sees evidence that December’s weak numbers were temporary.

Cold weather may have slowed hiring. Construction firms cut 16,000 jobs, the biggest drop in 20 months.

Still, December’s hiring is far below the average gain of 214,000 jobs a month in the preceding four months. But monthly gains averaged 182,000 last year, nearly matching the previous two years.

The proportion of people working or looking for work fell to 62.8 percent, matching a nearly 36-year low.

Nixon Talks About Jobs in Ozarks Swing
October 25, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The governor of Missouri toured a manufacturing business in Springfield Wednesday.
Gov. Jay Nixon says employee-owned SRC Power Systems is a good example of Missouri’s growing economy. SRC makes custom-engineered power units.
Company owner Jack Stack led the tour, along with former Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson; retired Webster County Associate Circuit Judge Daniel M. Knust; and former State Rep. Maynard Wallace.
“Here in Missouri, we’re doing things differently than Washington by working together to balance the budget without raising taxes, create jobs and move our economy forward,” Gov. Nixon said.
Gov. Nixon touted his support from three former Republican legislators from the Springfield area: Representatives B.J. Marsh, Maynard Wallace and Chuck Wooten.
The Democrat faces Dave Spence in the general election.
“Missourians are not better off than when Jay Nixon took office and they are tired of him lying about his record,” wrote Spence in a statement Wednesday regarding a lack of debate between him and Gov. Nixon. “The fact that he couldn’t be honest about his plans for debates makes clear that he will say or do anything to try to get reelected.”

Video: Blunt Blasts Dems in Congress and Obama for Not Creating Enough Jobs
September 20, 2012

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt on the Senate floor Thursday talking about the need for more jobs.
This runs less than a minute. It is provided by the Blunt Senate Office:

Romney Buzzes Missouri Thursday With Quick StL Stop
June 7, 2012

Post-Dispatch via Johncombest:
As Mitt Romney remains deadlocked in the polls with President Barack Obama, the presumptive Republican nominee will head to St. Louis County on Thursday to talk about jobs.
Romney will hold a public event at Production Products at 1285 Dunn Road. The doors open at 11:15 a.m., and the event begins at 12:15 p.m.
Production Products is a defense contractor and Hispanic-owned business that produces an array of products from protective apparel to finely tuned machine products. The company was founded in 1978 by Barry Corona and operates four manufacturing plants in Missouri.
Later, Romney will hold a private fundraiser at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton. That event is expected to start after 6 p.m.

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