ST. LOUIS–(KMOX) –Missouri Governor Nixon signs a bill into law to help create more science jobs in the state — despite uncertainty about whether he has the statutory authority to do so.
The governor signed the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, MOSIRA, which would set aside a portion of growth in state revenue to use as seed money for science jobs.
The problem — or the fine print — is the legislature passed MOSIRA in the special session, contingent on passage of the larger economic development bill. That larger bill failed, raising questions of whether MOSIRA can legally exist.
“In the first part of February we will begin setting aside and putting into the fund the dollars outlined in this legislation,” Nixon said, “That will begin that fund operating. We’re also going to ask the legislature for a simple fix to de-couple those and hopefully we’ll be able to get that.”
When asked about the possibility of a lawsuit challenging MOSIRA, Nixon says he’s not worried.
“I don’t know. I mean, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking of what lawsuits might happen in 30, 60 or 90 days,” Nixon said, “I know that the legislature passed the bill. I know we’ll be able to begin putting dollars into that fund.”
Nixon signed the bill into law at the Danforth Plant Science Center.