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Corinne Ruff | St. Louis Public Radio

ST. CHARLES — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt wants to increase job training programs in the state and seek more foreign trade partners.

The Republican Missouri senator spoke about jobs and the economy Friday at the 61st annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in St. Charles.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 18, 2013 - CNBC recently released the 2013 results of its best state to do business in analysis. Its computations put South Dakota at the top and Hawaii at the bottom. As so often happens, Missouri came in right in the middle of the pack with a mediocre ranking of 26.

Missouri's economy lagged nation's in 2011

Jun 6, 2012
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Missouri's economy grew at a slower pace than nation's this past year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 6, 2011 - The Midwest's better days economically are in the rearview mirror as far as historian and journalist Richard C. Longworth is concerned. But Longworth, a senior fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, believes Midwestern cities like St. Louis, Kansas City and even small towns in the heartland can re-emerge as economic powerhouses by specializing in any number of fields.

Commentary: How does Missouri rank?

Mar 13, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 13, 2011 - A question that is often broached in the media, the halls of the state capitol, and in the business community is "where does Missouri stand, how does it stack up relative to the U.S. and to other states." Often numbers are thrown out with no context or empirical support. This is too important a question to leave to ad hoc, off the cuff speculation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2011 - Tempering optimism with realism before a legislature dominated by Republicans, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday night that both parties must work together to take advantage of a brightening economic picture.

In his State of the State address, the governor stressed several times that his administration is "fighting every day for every job" that he can bring to the state. But at the same time, his administration released budget recommendations that would result in 860 fewer jobs in Missouri's state government, hundreds of millions of dollars less for education and other cuts needed to bring in the balanced budget required by the state constitution. The budget would total $23.1 billion, according to figures released as the governor spoke.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 1, 2010 - Missouri voters will be thinking about joblessness, the chronically ill housing market and their slimmed down 401(k)s when they go to the polls on Nov. 2, say local political scientists.

"If you look at public opinion data in Missouri, or race by race or nationally, and you ask people what is the most important issue, the economy drowns out almost everything else," said Terry Jones, a political science professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis who researches voting habits.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 24, 2008 - Things will get worse before they get better. That was the consensus of experts gathered at a forum on the economic crisis Friday. But, they said, St. Louis and Missouri will likely feel a less severe impact than places like California and Florida.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Tax credits are a hot topic in the Missouri Legislature. Fans of these instruments assert that tax credits are necessary for Missouri to compete with other states and to signal that we are “open for business.” Such devotion to helping the state grow is admirable. Fans, however, are not experts and a careful review of the evidence and some basic economics helps us understand why these herculean efforts are misguided. When asked whether Missouri can stay open for business while avoiding the pitfalls of the tax credit, the answer is unambiguously yes.