Going into his third term, Rep. Bob Nance says he has reason to be optimistic because of one word.
Nance will be sworn in today in Jefferson City. He said the legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon will both be focused on job creation for the state. Nance said a cooperative atmosphere should be created when Nixon’s enthusiasm and new incoming Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, extensive work with job creation are combined. Nance said Richard’s focus the last four years has been on job creation.
Nance said there was evidence of the legislature working together to get things done last year while the state was recruiting Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier to bring an assembly plant to Kansas City. Nance said the legislature and Nixon are committed to bring jobs to the state with an emphasis on good-paying jobs with healthcare benefits.
“It ended up falling through, but everyone was willing to work together to get those good paying jobs with good benefits here in Kansas City,” Nance said. “I think everybody is on page to getting something done. And it’s quality jobs we’re after more than anything.”
The state saw a sharp decline in manufacturing jobs last year and recent reports suggest that many doctors are leaving the state, something former Gov. Matt Blunt warned of during his four years. Blunt said the state’s universities continue to graduate talented young doctors and scientists and then say goodbye to them as they take jobs somewhere else.
Many of those jobs are across the state line in Kansas. Recently, Kansas was notified that it had been awarded the new National Bio-Agro Defense Research facility that will bring about $500 million in infrastructure improvements and hundreds of high-paying scientists positions.
Northwest Missouri State University courted two bioscience companies to the state from California and Virginia. The University didn’t receive funding and now both companies reside across the state line.
Most Missourians hear the clichés at the beginning of each legislative session about rolling up the sleeves and getting to work, however Nance said it is for real this time.
“That’s not just a lot of talk,” Nance said. “We all know we’ve got some problems ahead of us and we need to get these solved before we end up like the [Federal government.]”