JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address this afternoon.
Governor Parson expressed to the General Assembly and state officials that Missouri is stronger today and committed to continuing what his administration has started. The theme backing his speech today was “We Are Not Done Yet.”
His speech recalled last year, tax cuts, support for agriculture and the progress in infrastructure, workforce, education, mental health, health, government reform and public safety.
“Teachers and police officers…state workers and factory workers… every hard-working Missourian is critical to the continued success of our state. Every year, we’ve supported them, invested in them, and we must never quit on them,” stated Gov. Parson during today’s speech.
He later continued, talking about taxes.
“We cut the tax rate and simplified the tax code for all Missourians. Missourians work hard, they provide for their families, pay their bills, and pay their taxes. AND they deserve to keep their hard-earned money. This tax cut means that our administration will have cut Missourians’ taxes three times and by 20 percent. Money that can help put gas in the car, food on the table, or saved for a rainy day. It means more money in our economy.”
Governor Parson celebrated business announcements across the state, creating jobs.
“In total, more than $2.9 billion dollars and nearly 5,000 new jobs were created by businesses that utilized our state programs, like Missouri One Start.
Since its reform in 2019, Missouri One Start has trained nearly 130,000 workers for companies of all sizes.
Its success is why we are continuing our investment of $27 million dollars for additional Missouri One Start training projects to help recruit and train skilled workers for companies choosing our state.”
Governor Parson also spoke about where more work is needed, from broadband to road improvements and quality education…
“This year, we will again fully fund the foundation formula with an additional $117 million dollars to ensure Missouri schools are receiving the support they need.”
“Another program we are very proud of is our Teacher Baseline Salary Grant program, which raised baseline teacher pay from $25,000 dollars to $38,000 dollars per year. A total of 356 Missouri school districts participated in the program and provided pay increases to more than 6,000 school teachers.”
… and child care.
“Prior to COVID-19, more than 50 percent of Missouri residents lived in an area with a shortage of child care. We know that problem has only worsened with one-third of facilities no longer open after the pandemic. We need to do better…for our parents, children, providers, and businesses.”
“To help address this issue, we are proposing three new child care tax credit programs. These programs will help improve child care facilities, support employers who support their workers with child care assistance, and allow more of our dedicated child care workers to earn a pay increase. We are also investing more than $78 million dollars to increase Child Care Subsidy rates to child care providers across the state…”
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