MO Gov. Parson delivers 2019 State of the State Address

MO Gov. Parson delivers 2019 State of the State Address

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson will deliver the State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 16.

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Posted by KFVS-TV on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The speech addressed the 100th Missouri General Assembly the Missouri House Chamber at the Capitol Building at 3 p.m.

Parson’s speech focused on workforce development and infrastructure.

“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.”

The governor said his budget reduces the size of state government by 450 positions and saves nearly $120 million dollars.

Parson said his budget provides an increase to directly help those facing mental health challenges, expand telemedicine technology, combat the opioid crisis, and better serve to those in need.

The governor proposed $1 million for autism awareness and research. He also stated the importance of curbing Medicaid costs in future budget years.

Parson announced $5 million to help everyone in the state have access to high-speed broadband internet.

He also announced $350 million will be used to allow MoDOT to begin immediate work on nearly 250 bridges needing critical repair or replacement.

And, $50 million for a transportation cost share program to assist cities and counties with addressing needed areas of infrastructure needs.

The Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Summary can be found by clicking here.

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