Gov. Nixon and Heather Condon of Kirksville talk via Skype with her husband, Lt. Jacob Condon, who is serving in Qatar with the Missouri National Guard. The Governor honored the Condons’ business for hiring veterans, and signed a related bill there.
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation offering job training incentives for military veterans returning to the private sector.
The legislation enacted Monday allows employers to be reimbursed for half the wages paid to military veterans during an on-the-job training period. Lawmakers who backed the measure said it taps into federal money to offset part of the job training costs.
A minority business advocacy group says the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District needs to do more to include minority and female workers in its projected $4.7 billion worth of upgrades over the next two decades.
Yaphett El-Amin, executive director for the group MOKAN, says because city residents and businesses pay into MSD's sewer tax system, MSD should commit more jobs to local minority contractors.
“We need a full commitment from MSD to support our region and help our businesses grow," El-Amin said, "to help our economy and hire our community.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo.) says she’s cautiously optimistic that management problems at Arlington National Cemetery have been solved.
The democratic senator visited the cemetery on Friday to assess changes made there following the revelation that thousands of graves were mislabeled or unmarked.
McCaskill co-sponsored a law that requires congressional oversight of the burial grounds, and requires cemetery officials to submit a grave site analysis. She says that report will be delivered December 22nd and so far, is 86 percent complete.