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TheChat: Jay Nixon roars about Missouri’s economy


Good morning.

▪ “By balancing budgets and making smart investments in our students and workers, we've positioned Missouri to compete and win in the global economy.” — Gov. Jay Nixon on a new report that showed that Missouri’s net gain of 57,100 jobs over the last year led all eight of its neighboring states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nixon deserves a chance to crow when good news like this flies in the door. The gain represents a 2.1 percent growth in the number of jobs in the state over the past 12 months.

▪ “People are definitely voting with their feet and telling us the Affordable Care Act is something that solved an important problem for them.” — Bridget McCandless, CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

McCandless was talking about the 3 percent jump this year in ACA enrollments in both Kansas and Missouri.

▪ “Disgust.” — newly elected Missouri state-rep. Jean Evans on the news that children as young as 15 are getting married in Missouri.

Evans and other advocates believe the young marriage age in Missouri may be fueling sex trafficking in the state. She’s filed a bill that would raise the minimum age for marriage to 17.

▪ “I’m not inclined to think about that.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback talking about modifying the state’s concealed weapons law for public universities.

That suggests that lawmakers will need veto-proof majorities if they want to alter the law. Good luck with that.