The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 11, 2012

Missouri House Speaker outlines session priorities

From staff reports
The Joplin Globe

— Economic development for job growth, energy policy and education funding and reform will be among the top priorities in the Missouri legislative session to start next month, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones told a crowd in Joplin on Tuesday.

Jones, of Eureka, is outlining the agenda in a two-day, 40-stop tour of the state. Speaking to about 40 people at Continental Banquet Center, he pointed to competition from neighboring states including Kansas as among reasons Missouri needs to do more to improve the state’s climate for business and jobs.

He said reforms of the state’s medical malpractice system, worker’s compensation and tax credit programs are needed along with measures to make the state more energy-independent.

He also emphasized the importance of education funding, adding “education today means job creation tomorrow.”