"Thousands of jobs"
Gov. Jay Nixon committed $266 million dollars of federal and state money to water and sewer projects Monday, which he pledged would create or save thousands of construction jobs across the state.
Nixon is dedicating $146 million dollars in federal stimulus money and adding it to $120 million dollars in state funds.
Springfield is getting nearly $16.3 million dollars -- but a city spokeswoman said that money wasn't knew to council. The city had applied for the money several months ago and state officials indicated Springfield had "among the highest scores," according to city spokeswoman Louise Whall.
Nixon said it's hard to tell exactly how many jobs would be created or saved by the package, but added that it will make sure workers will "have a place to work in the fall."
"The workers that are working here, instead of going home when this job ends and waiting for the next job, there's going to be a job for them," Nixon said at the site of a waste water pipeline project, unrelated to this funding stream.
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