Governor Jay Nixon has issued an executive order designed to prevent military bases in Missouri from being closed or downsized.
The order creates a partnership between state and local officials, and business leaders. The plan is for those groups to examine ways to keep and expand the nation’s military presence in Missouri. State Treasurer and fellow Democrat Clint Zweifel will lead the so-called “Missouri Military Partnership:”
“So this is a way to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to mobilize resources here at home and advocate in our nation’s capital to insure that we protect, support, and ultimately enhance our military installations and the roles that they play in the future of our military,” Zweifel said.
Zweifel has been tasked with issuing a report by the end of March, which he says will contain a, quote, “strategic pathway” for Missouri to protect and enhance military installations. According to a recent study, the Missouri National Guard, Whiteman Air Force Base, and the Army’s Fort Leonard Wood have an annual economic impact of more than $3 billion.