What the research revealed:
The Gallup survey clearly identified policies that Missouri employers want addressed, but employers were not confident in elected officials’ ability to enact change. Only 20 percent of the business leaders surveyed believe that politicians are committed to improving the state’s business climate. Elected officials have championed numerous economic studies and initiatives over the years, but those plans languish when the politicians leave office. Many of the findings in the Missouri 2030 research echoed previous studies and analysis. Unfortunately, no long-term, actionable plan has been put in place to implement the changes. Missouri has seen a cycle of studies pointing out problems, without a unified vehicle to act.