Kelly blasts Nixon's jobs program
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Kelly blasts Nixon's jobs program

Date: April 22, 2009
By: Theo Keith
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 18, HB 19, HB 20, HB 21

Intro: The senior most member of the House of Representatives called Gov. Nixon's $100 million jobs training program a mystery.

Theo Keith has more from Jefferson City. 

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OutCue: SOC

Monday, Columbia Democratic Representative Chris Kelly voted to strip all $100 million from the Missouri Jobs for the Future program.

When asked about the decision, Kelly said the governor's plan was a big unknown. 

Actuality:  KELLY5.WAV
Run Time: 00:06
Description: "You're talking about the mystery program versus the jobs programs."

These "jobs programs" are what Kelly calls the House Budget Committee's decision to fund projects in their own districts.

Nixon spokesperson Scott Holste called them "pet projects."

But Kelly doesn't see it that way.

Actuality:  KELLY6.WAV
Run Time: 00:12
Description: "It's all in the eye of the beholder. It's as easy to call the governor's big program a pet project as it is to call any of these a pet project, isn't it? At least these have some definition to them."

The projects are just part of more than $2 billion in federal stimulus money the committee approved Monday.

From the State Capitol, I'm Theo Keith, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.