Thursday, November 1, 2012
Gov. Jay Nixon spent a few minutes in Wentzville Tuesday morning, meeting with GM workers at a local restaurant.
Gov. Jay Nixon stopped by Wentzville Tuesday morning for a brief visit with GM workers at Pete's Drive-In. Nixon shook hands around the room and spoke to workers about his work to bring jobs to Missouri with a "targeted package" for the expansion of the auto industry. "The legislature didn't get it done the first time, so I brought them back for a special session, but I did not pay them time-and-a-half for the extra session," Nixon joked. Nixon said that with the $1.1 billion Ford expansion in Kansas City and the $380 million GM expansion in Wentzville, there was never a question in his mind that the workers of the Show-Me State could deliver a competitive product. Nixon later answered questions from reporters about Dave Spence, his …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Plus, find out what the new measures mean for childhood asthma sufferers in school and the next presidential primary date.
Missourians woke up to a bevy of new laws, which went into effect Tuesday, Aug. 28. For a complete list of what bills were "Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed," including bills that were also vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, see the Missouri General Assembly's website. Missouri state lawmakers are scheduled to return to Jefferson City for the veto override session next in September.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Businesses with fewer than 50 employees could qualify for the $10,000 tax deduction for each new job added.
Gov. Jay Nixon stopped at the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday as part of his statewide tour to promote bipartisan efforts at job creation. Nixon spoke briefly to a small crowd about House Bill 1661, a bill which provides a tax deduction for businesses that create new jobs in the next two years. Small businesses with 50 employees or fewer can receive a $10,000 tax deduction for each new job they create. The jobs must pay the county prevailing wage, which varies for each profession, or the state average wage. See the prevailing wage list for St. Charles County here. The business must keep employees for 52 weeks and the bill includes a look-back provision. Businesses can receive a $20,000 tax deduction if the employer …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen are sending a letter to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon about a dangerous stretch of highway in St. Charles County.
At Wednesday night's regular Board of Aldermen meeting, Mayor Nick Guccione and all five aldermen signed a letter that will be sent to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon about eliminating dangerous intersections on Hwy. 61. The letter reads as follows: Dear Governor Nixon, On November 23, 2009, a horrific traffic accident occurred at Highway 61 and Highway P that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Holt High School student. The accident spurred calls for action on this dangerous stretch of Highway 61 by leaders of several communities in western St. Charles County and southern Lincoln County. In a story dated December 9, 2009, St. Louis Post-Disptach reporter Mark Schlinkmann detailed the dangers of Highway 61 from Interstate 70 to the northern …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Governor Nixon spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony held in Wentzville's GM assembly plant.
Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione said he only had three words to describe how excited he was about the groundbreaking ceremony of General Motor’s Wentzville assembly plant expansion: “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” Guccione said. The 500,000 square-foot annex to the Wentzville plant was inaugurated last Tuesday morning at a ceremony in the future site of the new facility, which will house GM’s new production line of a redesigned Colorado pickup truck as well as add a second shift of workers to produce GM’s Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana vans. Gov. Jay Nixon, who attended the ceremony, said the expansion will create 1,660 new manufacturing jobs. “It is absolutely no accident that the rebirth of the American auto-industry is occurring right here,” …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon discussed plans for economic growth and steps to help businesses expand globally Thursday at Ungerboeck Software International in Dardenne Prairie.
Ungerboeck Software International in Dardenne Prairie produces event management software for companies as close to home as the Fox Theatre in St. Louis and as far away as Disneyland Paris. President Krister Ungerboeck said the company that got its start 25 years ago in his family’s basement in Chesterfield, is now the fastest-growing software company in St. Louis. “We build software that brings people together for meetings and events,” he said. “We create software that powers your favorite sports teams, rock concerts, award-winning Broadway shows, educational conferences and even museums.” On Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited the business to tout the successes of Ungerboeck and other companies, which helped Missouri exports grow to…
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Also, hear reactions to Iowa caucuses from local politicos and Brunner's dismissal of recess appointments.
Every so often, Gov. Jay Nixon taps some notable names to fill the nearly endless stream of posts in state government. Wednesday was no exception, as the Democratic governor picked several familiar faces from the St. Louis metro area for appointments. For example, Nixon appointed Crestwood resident Jim Avery to fill a slot for the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. Avery, who served as a state representative for Crestwood and Sunset Hills in the 2000s, previously was the chairman of the state board of mediation. According to the governor's office, Avery will review administrative appeals of workers' compensation awards, unemployment compensation, crime victims' compensation and tort victims' compensation cases. His appointment will…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Gov. Jay Nixon announced the increase in manufacturing jobs in Missouri today.
Monday, November 7, 2011
A look at what others are saying about the expansion at Wentzville's GM plant
Wentzville has been buzzing with the hum of national news coverage over the past week or so. The announcement last Thursday that General Motors planned to add a second shift and expand its Wentzville truck plant was news that resonated around the country. The second shift at the Wentzville plant will add 400 jobs in January. The other jobs will be added as the expansion is complete and work begins on the new Chevrolet Colorado truck. Here's the highlights of what others are saying about the plans: The St. Louis Beacon looked into Gov. Jay Nixon's task force on the automotive industry and how that played a role in keeping manufacturing jobs in the state of Missouri. The governor's own web site includes a video of his complete remarks at the…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Expansion at the plant will accommodate the production of the Colorado mid-size pickup truck.
GM celebrated the 100th anniversary of its Chevrolet brand by announcing a rebirth at it's Wentzville truck plant. The plant, which lost its second shift in 2009 and didn't have a product guarantee beyond 2012, will add a second shift on its van line and be the home of the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck. Officials from General Motors and the United Auto Workers announced an investment of $380 million in the Wentzville plant and the addition of 1,260 new jobs to build the Colorado. Those jobs will likely come online in 2013, once the expansion of facility is complete. The second shift on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size van lines, which will include over 400 additional workers, begins running Jan. 3, 2012. The …