Sounds like great news. But now, the reality:
Advisory: Gov. Nixon to announce national company relocating to St. Louis, adding high-paying jobs in downtown area
At 10:30 a.m. Friday (April 30), Gov. Jay Nixon will visit St. Louis to announce that a national company will relocate its corporate headquarters to downtown St. Louis, creating more than 50 new, high-paying jobs in the city. The Governor will be joined by representatives of the company and city officials, including Mayor Francis Slay.
So it turns out that the “national company” that is relocating its headquarters to the city with 50 high-paying jobs is actually coming from…uh, Belleville. It’s Landshire Inc., makers of those delicious pre-packaged sandwiches and snacks you can buy at gas stations and from vending machines.We not one to look a gift sandwich in the mouth, but when the governor said “national company,” we were kind of thinking, you know, Exxon/Mobile or Apple.
And we were sort of thinking “national relocation” wouldn’t involve stealing businesses from other places in the metro area, which is something the city hates when it happens to them.
Why on earth would a Governor be parading around a move of 50 jobs within the state of Missouri? The press advisory leaves the misleading implication that these jobs are somehow being created. The jobs aren't new at all: they're disappearing from Belleville. It's not even entirely clear if the real number is even fifty jobs, as some news outlets are reporting a lower number.This isn't the first time that Nixon has been playing games with job numbers. After gutting the Department of Natural Resources with layoffs, he immediately turned around and paraded the creation of 1000 temporary jobs in the Department of Natural Resources via stimulus funding. Guess which of the two he took credit for?
Between taking credit for jobs that were never created or that were paid for by someone else, it's growing increasingly clear that Jay Nixon has a problem with fake job creation.