Mike Parson in 2019 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Government Reform: Restructure state government, and save $120M tax dollars

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.
Source: Press release on 2019 Missouri State of the State address Jan 16, 2019

On Health Care: Expand rural access & mental health needs

A key part of our efforts to improve Missouri's workforce and infrastructure is developing better access to providers and hospitals. Almost 40 percent of Missourians live in rural area and we are committed to making sure they too have access to both preventive and emergency care. In addition, we will be providing a substantial increase to help those facing the challenges of mental health, expand telemedicine technology, fight the opioid crisis, and better serve those in need.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Missouri legislature Jan 16, 2019

On Jobs: Fast Track: scholarships for technical training

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.
Source: Press release on 2019 Missouri State of the State address Jan 16, 2019

On Technology: Invest $350M in bridges, and $5M internet access

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 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.
Source: Press release on 2019 Missouri State of the State address Jan 16, 2019

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