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    Default Governor Parson's 2019 State of the State message

    Parson State of the State message focuses on workforce development, infrastructure


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    (From Gov. Mike Parson)

    Today, Governor Parson delivered his first State of the State Address to a Joint Session of the 100th Missouri General Assembly.

    The Governor’s speech focused on his two core priorities, workforce development and infrastructure. The Governor stated these are the right priorities to ensure the State of Missouri thrives both now and into the future.

    “I firmly believe the people of Missouri are eager to have leadership that will propose bold ideas and is willing to tackle tough issues that have been put off too long,” said Governor Parson. “My administration is focused on making significant investments in workforce development and infrastructure, reforming and restructuring government responsibilities, and saving for the future. We look forward to working with the Legislature to move Missouri forward.”

    Governor Parson announced $22 million towards a new scholarship program called Fast Track, which will allow Missourians to receive training in high-demand areas largely taught at our community colleges, technical schools, colleges, and universities. The Governor also announced $10 million towards a new fund known as Missouri One Start, which is an increase and consolidation of the Missouri Works program, aimed at assisting new and existing businesses with upgrading their workers’ skills to build out their workforce needs. Further, he announced $16 million for the creation of Missouri Excels, a program for Missouri Higher Education Institutions to develop and expand employer-driven education, training programs, and initiatives to increase career readiness.

    The Governor announced several long-term investments in Missouri’s infrastructure, beginning with $5 million to help every Missourian have access to high-speed broadband internet. He also announced $350 million were being freed up to allow MoDOT to begin immediate work on nearly 250 bridges across Missouri in need of critical repair or replacement. Further, $50 million were announced for a transportation cost share program to assist cities and counties with addressing the most serious infrastructure needs in our local areas.

    The Governor discussed other measures aimed at restructuring state government to demand greater efficiency and accountability and to improve our customer service to Missourians. He announced that his budget reduces the size of state government by 450 positions and saves nearly $120 million dollars, the first time in over a decade a Governor’s budget does not spend every tax dollar.

    His speech also discussed the Governor’s efforts to improve the health and healthcare of all Missouri citizens. He announced that his budget provides a substantial increase to directly help those facing mental health challenges, expand telemedicine technology, combat the opioid crisis, and better serve those in need. The Governor and First Lady’s commitment to promote awareness and advance autism research was also discussed, with the Governor announcing a proposed $1 million towards that cause. He also restated his commitment to safeguarding the integrity of the Medicaid program and the importance of curbing Medicaid costs in future budget years.


    The Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Summary can be found here: https://oa.mo.gov/budget-planning/bu...et-information

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    Default Parson outlines 'bold' policy goals in State of the State address

    Parson outlines 'bold' policy goals in State of the State address

    Tyler Wornell twornell@joplinglobe.com
    Jan 16, 2019 Updated Jan 17, 2019



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    EFFERSON CITY — "Bold" was the buzzword Wednesday afternoon during Gov. Mike Parson's first State of the State address, in which he urged lawmakers to place their focus on workforce development and state infrastructure in this year's legislative session.

    Parson, who moved into the governor's mansion last summer after the resignation of Eric Greitens, is looking to secure first-year victories with lawmakers who largely pushed their own agenda last year. With a career in public service dating back to the 1990s first as Polk County sheriff and then state senator, Parson has connections in the halls of the Capitol that could bode well for achieving the goals he outlined Wednesday.

    At the top of his list is workforce development, which he said is sorely lacking in communities across the state.

    "We must consider making necessary changes to our education programs and update the training pipelines to ensure economic growth in Missouri," Parson said. "Our true dedication should be to build and create wealth, not redistribute it."

    The governor proposed a $22 million grant program, dubbed Fast Track, for adults older than 25 to receive training and education in high-demand degree areas.

    "This will open the doors for Missourians to have opportunities to earn more money for their hard work," Parson said. "Fast Track will benefit tens of thousands of Missourians from every corner of the state."

    The governor said he would push for Missouri One Start, a rework of a current state program that covers the cost of workforce training for businesses. He's proposing $10 million for the program.

    Said Parson: "This will help place a greater emphasis on building out the workforce needs and for job creation projects, so companies who use them are forced to plant deeper roots here in Missouri, and become longer and more substantial partners."

    State budget, education, infrastructure

    In conjunction with the State of the State, Parson also released his proposed fiscal year 2020 budget Wednesday, a $30 billion spending plan that holds steady the core funding for higher education.

    Public institutions faced a $68 million cut in funding in the 2019 budget proposed by Greitens last year, which the Legislature rejected. Parson's 2020 budget keeps funding for higher education at this year's level and also gives $2 million to each four-year institution for deferred maintenance.

    His budget also fully funds the K-12 foundation formula, which provides state aid to public schools.

    Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, who chairs the House Budget Committee, said he's "excited to unpack" the initiatives in Parson's speech.

    "We need to work on some of these issues that he discussed, but the devil is in the details," Smith said. "As we work through the budget process, we'll be able to pull down some of these ideas and take an in-depth look at what exactly he's proposing and how much it will cost."

    The foundation formula has been fully funded for the past two consecutive years, and Smith said he fully intends to make it a priority again.

    As for higher education, Smith said the committee will dig into Parson's proposal, many of which will move several items from the Economic Development Department into the higher education department. A news conference is scheduled for today to announce the realignment in the two departments.

    "With that restructuring will be some new expenses, and I need to learn more about what exactly that looks like before we really understand what the House positions will be," Smith said.

    To address crumbling state infrastructure, Parson said he wants to embark on a plan to finance $350 million through bonds to repair and replace 250 bridges statewide. Voters in November rejected an increase to the state's fuel tax, which hasn't changed since the 1990s and is one of the lowest in the nation.

    "Over the years, we have seen proposals go before the voters and fail," Parson said, "but this cannot and does not mean we are expected to do nothing."

    Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, said the state already has a high bonding debt and that the state should generally avoid it.

    "That will be something future legislatures are going to have to deal with, is paying off those bonds," White said. "I'm still hopeful that we will have another solution to some of our transportation funding."

    The Governor’s FY 2020 Budget can be found here: https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.town...21ea0c.pdf.pdf

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