Missouri’s business recruiting arm gets no funding in state budget

The Missouri Partnership, the public-private partnership created in 2007 that aims to attract new jobs and investment into the state, was expected to get $2.25 million in state funding for Fiscal Year 2018.

Instead, the money for the Missouri Partnership vanished.

While $2.25 million was in the budget bill passed by the state House, the line item for “business recruitment and marketing” disappeared in the conference between the state House and Senate.

Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said no one had it in for the Missouri Partnership.

Brown said there’s a will among lawmakers to put the money back in the supplemental budget. But that, he said, will depend on whether state revenues come in as estimated.

Officials with the Missouri Partnership said so far this fiscal year the agency has helped attract 3,500 jobs to Missouri and more than $500 million in corporate investments.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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