JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Governor Mike Parson (R-MO) addressed many things he hoped the legislature could help him accomplish.
Governor Parson delivered his first State of the State on Wednesday, and one of the first things he referenced was the situation he walked into last June.
Former Governor Eric Greitens resigned amid alleged misuse of finances, as well as a report that dropped just hours before last years State of the State that alleged Greitens was involved in sexual misconduct stemming from an affair.
Governor Parson talked about how that affected his first few months on the job.
“Just weeks after I took office, quick decisions had to be made on over 100 legislative items, and the $28 billion state budget had to be approved,” Parson said.
But that was last year, and Wednesday Parson spoke in front of a legislature that he hopes will help him tackle two major issues he believes to be key to Missouri’s future.
“Our focus for the state of Missouri to strive both now and into the future are on two key priorities: Workforce development and infrastructure,” Parson explained.
To do that Parson plans to pour nearly $75 million into workforce development programs, and to be the help repair Missouri’s roads and bridges.
“We will be freeing up nearly $350 million in state and federal resources allowing us to accelerate MODOT’s current list of infrastructure projects,” Parson says.
That list includes 250 bridges in the state in need of critical repair or replacement.
Governor Parson also proposes to provide $61 million towards public K-12 education, while keeping funding for public colleges and universities at the same level as last year.
He also plans to not build any new prisons in Missouri — rather improving what we already have.
Parson also plan to cut over 400 Missouri government jobs to save millions of dollars.