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Mo Gov. Greitens talks one-on-one about budget cuts, crime, jobs

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens sat down for a one-on-one interview with News 4 Thursday to talk about many issues.

Crime is something many families have faced, including the governor’s when his wife was robbed at gun point in December.

“Pretty soon after she pulled in, almost immediately, a man grabbed her door, pointed a gun, she fought with him for a while then he yelled at her to get out of the car,” Gov. Greitens recalled about the moment his wife was robbed. “It was a tough night and what’s so unfortunate is it’s the type of tough experience that too many families in Missouri have had to deal with.”

Governor Greitens talked about the FBI statistics on the most violent cities in America, which St. Louis City and Kansas City were listed on, and added that the effect of studies like that can be far reaching. For example, he said he’s spoken to corporate leaders who admit it’s hard to attract people of even businesses to invest in St. Louis when they hear about the crime problem.

“You’ve seen, just like the other day at the cemetery, we go out on the front lines, we go out talking with highway patrol, with the KC PD Tac. Team talking to the officers in St. Louis to build a comprehensive strategy to reduce crime, not just in St. Louis, but throughout Missouri.”

The governor strongly referred to the crime at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery as an “anti-semitic” act, but investigators have said they are unsure it if is a hate crime.

“I think, certainly, when you have somebody whose defacing a really beautiful Jewish cemetery and you combine that with everything that is happening, I was talking with the folks at the Jewish federation about all the bomb threats and have been called into Jewish feds and Jewish Community Centers in Missouri and around the country,” he said.

After cleaning up the cemetery with Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Gov. Greitens received a call from the CEO of Onshore Outsourcing.

“He said, ‘I’m so glad to see the leadership you and others are dealing with this. Thank you for passing right-to-work, and because of the direction Missouri is going we are going to now bring 100 new jobs.’”

But, union leaders and others are working to overturn the right-to-work bill. Gov. Greitens said his team has sat down with union leaders to discuss the newly passed bill. 

In addition to the right-to-work bill, Gov. Greitens talked about the new Amazon sales tax in Missouri, which is a little more than 4 percent, but is expected to bring in at least $30 million a year to the state. The governor said he has a team looking at what they can do with the money.

“So, we are studying right now with what we think is going to happen to Amazon, but again, we are not sure what’s going to happen with the money,” he said. “I’ll tell you what we are going to do with that money and any money that comes in, is we are going to take a hard look and make sure we spend that on the priorities of the people of Missouri.”

Click here to view the entire raw interview. 

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