Incomplete: Missouri job growth at half of incentive pledge

     (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon set an aggressive agenda to

attract jobs after the Great Recession.

     An Associated Press analysis shows the Democratic governor promoted business

deals projected to cumulatively create about 48,000 jobs in exchange for up to

$2 billion of state incentives.

     As Nixon prepares to leave office Jan. 9, those businesses have reported

hiring a little over 21,000 employees. The state so far has paid about $166

million of incentives to those firms.

     Both figures are likely to rise, because the incentives will continue for

years after Nixon leaves office.

     But Missouri’s experience highlights the extent to which states are willing to

go to try to attract jobs, and the difficulty in determining whether their

promises ultimately pan out.


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