Unlike Jay Nixon, this governor will not be vetoing right-to-work legislation.

In his State of the State address, newly elected Missouri Governor Eric Greitens wasted no time getting down to business. After speaking to the subject of ethic reform,Greitens turned immediately to the issue of employment.

“Since 2009, the country has had 10% private sector job growth,” he told those gathered in Jefferson City. “If we had grown just as fast as the rest of the country since ‘09, we would have 120,000 more jobs in Missouri today.” Greitens noted too that the average Missouri family would be making $2,400 more per year if the state median income had grown as fast as the national average.

“The people have sent us a message,” said Greitens without equivocation.

“We must do everything in our power to put people back to work in good, high-paying jobs.That’s why we must join 27 other states and sign Right to Work.”

Former Democratic Governor Jay Nixon promised to veto any such legislation if it reached his desk. Greitens obviously will not. A bill prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces has already won House approval and is moving through the Senate.

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