WHEREAS, the State of Missouri is committed to working with the federal government to move our state forward in these challenging economic times; and
WHEREAS, it has been reported that the next President of the United States and the United States Congress will consider the adoption of a federal stimulus package to create jobs and energize our nation's economy; and
WHEREAS, it is essential that all state efforts to create jobs complement any federal stimulus package, and avoid any needless duplication; and
WHEREAS, the State of Missouri will work with the Missouri congressional delegation and the current and incoming President of the United States; and
WHEREAS, it is essential to utilize the resources that we have in the State of Missouri to accomplish our objectives and create jobs.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, Governor of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby create and establish the Governor's Economic Stimulus Coordination Council.
The Council shall make recommendations to me on the following topics:
Coordinating job creation activities with the Missouri Congressional delegation and the current and incoming federal administrations;
Identifying the best practices for the State of Missouri to utilize to ensure that the State of Missouri is included at the maximum possible level in appropriations from a federal stimulus package: and
Identifying any other practices that the State of Missouri should adopt to streamline and accelerate delivery within Missouri of the stimulus package from the federal government.
The Council shall consist of no fewer than fifteen (15) members appointed by the Governor. The Governor shall designate the Co-Chairs of the Council. All members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
Members of the Council shall receive no compensation for their service to the people of Missouri.
The Council is assigned for administrative purposes to the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development shall be available to assist the Council as necessary, and shall provide the Council with any staff assistance the Council may require from time to time.
The Council shall meet at the call of its Co-Chairs, and the Co-Chairs shall call the first meeting of the Council as soon as possible.
The Council shall submit a final report and recommendations to me by February 27, 2009. The Council shall expire on March 2. 2009.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 13th day of January, 2009.
[Jay Nixon's signature]
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State