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Both Candidates For Missouri Governor Visit Springfield

Both of Missouri's candidates for governor were in Springfield Tuesday. Democrat Jay Nixon and Republican Kenny Hulshof stopped by the Missouri Municipal League's annual conference. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports.

The candidates spoke to city and county leaders from across the state.

Nixon made the case for why he is the one that will bring change to Missouri's economy.

"You see what's happening. I don't need to tell you that times are tough. But I can tell you that if we sit around and wait for Washington solutions, we're not going to get where we need to be in the new economy"

Nixon says one of the most important things in turning the Show-Me-State around is investing in its workforce.

This includes a plan to reduce debt for college students by expanding the A-Plus program.

Nixon says Missouri must also take advantage of a few sectors it has the resources to develop, which could attract college graduates to stay in the state.

"The jobs of the future are on energy, on science on plant science and life science, that's where we have the basis on our economy here in Missouri and where we can compete worldwide."

Kenny Hulsoff also spoke at the meeting.

He outlined his plan to increase government accountability at the state and local level by expanding the Missouri Accountability Portal.

This website contains information on all government spending and state-issued tax credits.

Hulshof's plan would provide the public with information on budget bills...that means voters could track spending proposals from lawmakers as they move through the legislative process.

Hulshof says this is valuable because it will allow the public to see the evolution of the budget, not just the final product.

For KSMU news, I'm Benjamin Fry.