View from the Capitol by State Rep. Ed Schieffer
In a speech before automotive industry representatives on Aug. 8 in Traverse City, Mich., Gov. Jay Nixon said the industry is making resurgence in the state. From 2004 to 2009, industry employment in Missouri declined by 35 percent, primarily from the closure of Ford and Chrysler plants in the St. Louis Area. In recent years, Ford and General Motors have expanded production at their respective facilities at Claycomo and Wentzville.
“From creating an Automotive Jobs Task Force on my first full day in office to calling the Legislature into a special session to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, my administration has made revitalizing Missouri’s auto industry a top priority,” Nixon said. “Today, with significant investments by Ford, General Motors and automotive suppliers around the state, these efforts are paying real dividends for Missouri workers and communities. By continuing to balance budgets, hold the line on taxes and invest in our skilled workforce, I am committed to ensuring Missouri continues to lead the rebirth of American automotive manufacturing.” I was happy to support and vote for the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, which was definitely the best jobs bills that we have passed in the seven years I have been in office.
Two weeks ago, I was happy to join the Governor at the groundbreaking ceremony for CertainTeed Corporation’s new manufacturing and distribution center in Jonesburg, MO. They are a leading North American manufacturer of building products. This will create a lot of work in the district along Interstate 70. When complete, the Jonesburg complex, which includes a 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility and 150,000 square-foot warehouse, will serve as the production and distribution site for residential roofing shingles. They are expected to create100 new jobs.
On Friday, August 16, the Mississippi River Commission held a hearing in Alton, Illinois. Several members of the Neighbors on the Mississippi Association testified relating to the flooding in Lincoln, Pike and St. Charles Counties and the affects if Illinois raises their levees one foot higher than Missouri levees. We cannot afford to lose Hwy 79, Burlington-Northern Railroad, the businesses or farms on the Missouri side of the river.
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