In Missouri, we're committed to fostering a competitive economic climate where all businesses—from Fortune 500 companies to family-run corner stores—can grow and thrive. With a spotless AAA credit rating and a workforce that is second to none, Missouri is demonstrating what it takes to compete and win in the global marketplace from right here in the heartland.
From day one my administration has kept a clear focus on creating jobs and moving Missouri's economy forward. We put together a strategic plan, and we followed it: balancing budgets, holding the line on taxes and reducing the size of government while making smart, strategic investments in the future. Missouri now has the seventh-most-favorable corporate tax climate and the 16th lowest cost of living in the nation.
By updating and sharpening our economic development tools, we made them easier to use and more responsive to the needs of today's high-growth industries. We put more state services online and created a one-stop shop for environmental permitting, so that businesses can focus on creating jobs rather than filling out duplicative paperwork.