The state has handed out millions of dollars in incentives to at least two large corporations for job training before the companies announced mass layoffs, cutting more than a thousand jobs.
Brown Shoe has also not responded.
Last week, Missouri Journal reported that Ford Motors Co. has received $1.85 million in incentives for job training, despite its plan to layoff 1,222 workers at its facility in Claycomo, near Kansas City until sometime next year as it retools the plant.
Out of the 12 companies that have filed mass layoff notices since the start of March, affecting 2,973 workers, only the $2.4 million for Brown Shoe turned up by searching online on the Missouri Accountability Portal, which bills itself as a single point of reference on how state money is spent.
The incentives for Ford did not turn up on the transparency portal.
An attorney for the department responded Thursday, noting that due to the volume of the request, they will need additional time, adding that the department will be unable to waive any fees.