The Made in Missouri Jobs Package is pending in the General Assembly and Governor Jay Nixon was in Concordia Thursday afternoon at Evans Equipment promoting his plan.

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Press Release from Governor Jay Nixon’s Office

The Made in Missouri Jobs Package pending in the General Assembly will create jobs, expand exports and grow the economy, Gov. Jay Nixon said today in a visit at Evans Equipment in Concordia. The Governor was at the heavy-equipment company to highlight the billion-dollar growth of Missouri exports so far in 2011, and to call for passage of the jobs package in the Missouri House. The Missouri Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill in a strong, bipartisan vote on Wednesday.

“This week, a bipartisan coalition in the Missouri Senate came together to pass two critical bills to create jobs, keep our fiscal house in order, and move our economy forward,” said Gov. Nixon. “Now it’s time for the House to continue these efforts by sending a Made in Missouri Jobs Package to my desk. Working together we must ensure that Missouri has the resources available to encourage innovation, increase Missouri exports and create jobs.”

Joined by company officials, the Governor toured Evans Equipment, which has been in business since 1965, refurbishing, repairing and reselling late model, heavy construction equipment and mining machinery. More than a third of its sales are attributed to exports. The business employs a full-time staff of 25 Missourians.

“Because of companies like Evans, Missouri’s exports continue to skyrocket,” Gov. Nixon said. “Our exports grew 35 percent in 2010, and they’re up another 13 percent during the first half of 2011. That’s another $1 billion in export growth this year alone.”

Gov. Nixon called a special session of the General Assembly in order to pass a bipartisan jobs package that will foster growth in science and technology industries and expand Missouri exports, along with passing tax credit reform legislation to pay for these additional investments and ensure continued fiscal responsibility.

Some of the key components of the Made in Missouri Jobs Package legislation include:

The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, which is designed to spark economic growth in essential, next-generation scientific and technology industries. The Governor said Missouri has a tremendous legacy of innovation and invention, and that passing MOSIRA will help that legacy continue;

Compete Missouri, which will make the state’s economic tools more effective, efficient and user-friendly, and help keep loyal Missouri businesses in the state;

Investment in foreign trade to help Missouri companies find new customers on other continents, including the development of an export hub in the state.

Paying for these major economic investments with tax credit reform, to ensure that Missouri continues to do business in a way that maintains strict fiscal discipline, protects the state’s spotless AAA credit rating, and provides the resources necessary to protect vital programs and services.