Jobs, no matter which angle you look at them, are not stable in the current economy. However, Gov. Jay Nixon is trying to ease job tension by signing two bills creating new jobs through the economic stimulus package.
About $600,000 in federal funds will go towards helping qualified senior citizens find jobs. Another $2.2 million will go to contractors who will place seniors in jobs. This bill was the first bill to provide a non-highway program from the federal stimulus.
Many seniors in today's economy are finding it difficult to retire, or they are already retired and cannot afford the rising cost of living, including medications and rising gas prices. The only option seniors in these situations have is to keep working to pay for expenses.
Shelia Smith, of the South West Missouri Agency on Aging office through the Fun and Friends Senior Center, said she is hoping to get some funding for Experience Works employ at the center. "I hope we get some more workers or at least add to the hours of our current workers," Smith said. Experience Works employees qualifying seniors.
Gov. Nixon has also focused on creating jobs in general for people who need them. During the first week of June, Gov. Nixon endorsed the passage of House Bill 191, which according to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is "a bill that focuses on expanding proven programs to create jobs."
"The core of the jobs legislation will: Increase the cap on the Quality Jobs program to $80 million, increase the cap on the New Markets Tax Credit program from $15 million to $25 million, increase the cap on the BUILD program to $25 million, expand state employment training programs to include pre-employment training," according to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"We have supported Gov. Nixon's push to expand these job-creating programs since he outlined his vision for economic development legislation in his State of the State speech in January," Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO, said. "It was clear even then that creating jobs for Missourians was Gov. Nixon's top priority in his first year. The Missouri Chamber and the state's business community applaud his focus on improving our economy as Missourians are struggling."
"By making job creation their top goal this legislative session, Gov. Nixon and our leaders in the legislature showed that they are keenly aware of the difficult times that many Missouri workers and business people are facing," Mehan said. "The passage and signing of this bill and the job-creating programs it expands shows that our governor and state leaders are willing to make responsible investments toward getting Missourians back to work."
Another provision in the bill will terminate the Missouri corporate franchise tax for Missouri's small and mid-sized employers.
"This $12 million tax cut will enable Missouri's small businesses to keep more of their hard earned money to invest in job creation," Mehan said. "The majority of new jobs come from Missouri's small businesses, and this is a wise investment in this job-creation engine of our economy."