Nixon highlights jobs report as Greitens plots economic development changes

With less than two months left in his tenure, Gov. Jay Nixon applauded a report Wednesday showing a record number of Missourians have jobs.

But, while he credited the growth to his administration’s investments in education, workforce training and economic development incentives, his successor is poised to make significant changes in the state’s approach to economic development.

Republican Governor-elect Eric Greitens has already said he wants to make Missouri a right-to-work state, in which members of labor unions wouldn’t be required to pay dues.

And, in one of his first acts as Missouri’s new governor, Greitens could use his executive power to begin reshaping the state’s landscape for businesses.

In a post-election press conference, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, outlined a two-pronged approach to making so-called regulatory reform a reality.

“The governor is going to give us scenarios where he can do that by his action and then we’ll see what legislation needs to be done to rescind some of the regulatory burden on businesses,” Richard said.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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