Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that changes to the interstate, such as widening it to six lanes, could create construction jobs and make the state more economically competitive. Keith said such improvements could cost as much as $4 billion.
Private companies would finance the project up front and collect tolls on I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks to the leadership of both parties in the House of Representatives and Senate before delivering the State of the State address at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012.
Governor Jay Nixon delivered his annual State of the State Address Tuesday night. He touched briefly on the state budget and other issues, while spending lots of time showcasing his administration’s accomplishments and praising the values of Missouri citizens as he prepares for his re-election bid this fall. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin recaps the address.
Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Representatives chambers as Speaker of the House Steve Tilley (L) and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. in January 2011.
Nixon to deliver State of the State Speech tonight
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to stress his job-creation efforts as he delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers.
Tonight's speech is to coincide with the release of Nixon's proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Nixon's budget director has said Missouri may face a gap of about $500 million between projected expenses and revenues in the budget year that starts July 1.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is pushing his jobs creation strategy as the path to improving the state's economy this year.
Speaking at Jost Chemical Co. in St. Louis Friday, Nixon detailed his multi-pronged proposal which includes opening state export offices in Asia and South America and funding training for high-tech jobs.
"We'll work to make sure we attract next-generation automotive suppliers to Missouri," said Nixon.