Mo. Gov. Parson gives State of the State Address

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KBSI) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson gave his State of the State Address on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

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During Gov. Parson’s address he listed Missouri as ranked among the the top in the nation in various business sectors.

  • 1st in the United States for On-The-Job Training
  • 3rd in the United States for apprenticeships
  • 3rd in the United States for our business tax index – far outranking all of our neighboring states.
  • 4th in the United States for new manufacturing facilities
  • 4th in the United States for the best place to retire
  • 5th in the United States for our low cost of doing business
  • 7th in the United States for people relocating to the state
  • 7th in the United States for Tech Manufacturing Growth
  • 8th in the United States for economic recovery
  • 8th in the United States for best place to work for nurses
  • 9th in the United States for military retirees
  • 9th in the United States for housing affordability
  • 10th in the United States for our Automobile and Aerospace industries
  • 10th in the United States for new business expansion
  • 10th in the United States for site selection
  • 10th in the United States for Women in Technology

Gov. Parson mentioned that Missouri is currently ranked 50th in United States for starting teacher pay and half of new teachers leave the profession by their fifth year. He proposed raising teacher pay.

View Missouri’s top rankings.

Gov. Parson called for major investments in infrastructure, including $75 million for the Transportation Cost-Share program established by his administration in 2019, $100 million for low-volume roads across the state, and $400 million for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.

He called for $400 million toward broadband expansion projects statewide. That is the single largest broadband investment in state history. This proposal would connect 75,000 households, expand access to rural areas and underserved urban areas, and update and expand wireless networks across the state. He also proposed $250 million to be made available to communities across the state to enhance access to safe drinking water and responsible wastewater and $150 million to enhance storm water systems.

Gov. Parson also asked for a $34 million investment in rural communities to increase access to telehealth and telemedicine services.

Three students from the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center were among the honored guests.

  • Nicholas Hodges – Computer Networking and Security Student
  • Lydia Strickland – Graphic Design Student
  • Anwyn Suhr – Digital Media Student

List of special guests at the State of the State Address

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