MO.gov News Feed: Governor /news-rss?filter=governor MO.gov News Feed: Governor Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:07:36 +0000 en-us Governor Parson Makes Appointments to Boards & Commissions, Fills County Office Vacancy https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-makes-appointments-boards-commissions-fills-county-office-0 2036 at https://governor.mo.gov Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:15:52 +0000 Governor Parson Makes Appointments to Boards & Commissions, Fills County Office Vacancy Stephanie.Whitaker Mon, 06/17/2019 - 16:15 June 17, 2019 Jefferson City Today, Governor Parson announces 27 appointments to various boards, commissions, and county office vacancies. Dr. Sam Alexander, of Fair Play, was appointed to the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. Dr. Alexander is an Emergency Physician at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, a Director of the Marshfield District Fire and Rescue, and an active farmer in Cedar County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Medical Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine. Caleb Arthur, of Springfield, was appointed to the State Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority. Mr. Arthur is the President of Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (MOSEIA) and the Owner and CEO of Sun Solar LLC. He completed the following MOSEIA professional development trainings; Commercial & Residential Renewable Energy Systems, PV Site Assessment, and Design & Installation: Commercial & Residential Solar Electric Systems. Mr. Arthur was an Insurance Agent with the Farm Bureau from 2007-2011. He holds a Class A License with Missouri P.O.S.T. Certification as well as a Class A CDL. Dr. Matthew Brandt, of Springfield, was appointed to the State Board of Health and Senior Services. Dr. Brandt is a Physician and EMS Medical Director at Cox Health. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and went on to get his Medical Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Brandt is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces. Sarah Burkemper, of Troy, was reappointed to the Truman State University Board of Governors. Ms. Burkemper is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner, and is the Owner of Sarah Burkemper CPA. She was elected Public Administrator of Lincoln County for three terms, serving from 1997-2008. Ms. Burkemper is Chair of the Mercy Lincoln Foundation Board and Chair of Community Opportunities (Lincoln County’s Senate Bill 40 Board). She holds two Bachelor's Degrees and a Master’s Degree from Truman State University, as well as a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. Nancy Gibler, of Jefferson City, was appointed to the State Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority. Ms. Gibler is the Director of Business Development with Central Electric Power Cooperative. She serves as a Liaison and Advisor for the Mid-State 8 Electric Cooperatives Member Services Group and previously held the position of Finance Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Ms. Gibler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri and went on to get her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from William Woods University. Nancy Gingrich, of Clarence, was appointed to the Truman State University Board of Governors. Ms. Gingrich is a retired educator with teaching experience at the high school level, Moberly Area Community College, and the Juvenile Office of Macon and Shelby Counties. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Truman State University and a Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Missouri. Ms. Gingrich is involved in a wide variety of community endeavors, including as a Medical First Responder with the Shelby County EMS. Jonathan Hayashi, of Troy, was appointed to the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Hayashi is a pastor at Troy First Baptist Church. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Moody Bible Institute, and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Barbara Hayden, of Sedalia, was appointed to the State Fair Commission. Ms. Hayden is the President and CEO of Starline Inc. and has been a Member of the Missouri State Fair Foundation since 2005. She is a participating Member of the TIF Commission, Pettis County Economic Development Board, US Bank Board Member, and Animal Shelter Board Member. Ms. Hayden previously served on the State Fair Commission from 2005-2017. Kaylyn Lambert, of Nixa, was appointed to the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee. Ms. Lambert is the System Director of Patient Experience at CoxHealth, and has worked in healthcare administration for more than eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration & Healthcare Administration from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. James Ludden, of Bolivar, was appointed to the Missouri Fire Safety Education / Advisory Commission. Mr. Ludden is the Battalion Chief / B-Shift for Battlefield Fire Protection District. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Theater from Southwest Baptist University. Mr. Ludden served the past seven years as Captain of the Bolivar City Fire Department, having worked his way through the ranks of volunteer, firefighter, driver, and ultimately Captain. Sarah Mills, of Kansas City, was appointed to the Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience Board. Ms. Mills serves as the Clay County Public Administrator, and was elected in November, 2016. Previously, she worked for Littler Mendelson in risk management. Ms. Mills graduated magna cume laude with two Bachelor’s Degrees from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Post-graduation, Ms. Mills was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency as an Analyst focusing on East Asian affairs. She is a Member of the Kansas City Regional Law Enforcement Memorial Garden Committee. Douglas Mitchell, of Warrensburg, was appointed to the Board of Private Investigator and Private Fire Investigator Examiners. Mr. Mitchell is the President of Legal Investigative Services Inc. and previously served as President of the Missouri Association of State Emergency Relief Society. He also served as Vice-Chair and Member of the State Board of Private Investigator and Private Fire Investigator Examiners. Mr. Mitchell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri. Mary Nichols, of Maryland Heights, was appointed to the State Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority. Ms. Nichols previously served as a State Representative for the 72nd District from 2011-2018. During her time as a State Representative, she served on the Joint Solid Waste Management District Operations Committee. Ms. Nichols also served as a City Councilwoman in Maryland Heights. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois. Sarah Oerther, of Rolla, was appointed to the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee. Ms. Oerther is a Nursing Instructor at Saint Louis University. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio as well as two Master’s Degrees in Nursing and Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Oerther is currently a PhD candidate at Saint Louis University. She recently received the American Association of Colleges of Nurses’ 2018 Emerging Leader award. Mark William O’Neill, of Warrenton, was appointed to the Warren County Coroner. Mr. O’Neill is a retired Law Enforcement Officer and part time Death Investigator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Criminal Justice, and Corrections from Saint Louis University. He spent the past 10 years as a part time Death Investigator for the Regional Medical Examiner’s office for Saint Charles, Jefferson and Franklin Counties. Mr. O’Neill also served at the Saint Charles County Sheriff/Police Department working in both the Bureau of Field Operations & Patrol Division and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant in 2018. Dr. Nick Pfannenstiel, of Willard, was appointed to the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee. Dr. Pfannenstiel is the Vice-President of Oral Health at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Philip Prewitt, of Macon, was appointed to the Administrative Hearing Commission. Mr. Prewitt is an Attorney with Philip E. Prewitt, LLC. Previously, he served as an Associate Circuit Judge in Missouri from 2011-2018. Mr. Prewitt received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. Nick Ragone, of St. Louis, was appointed to the State Board of Health and Senior Services. Mr. Ragone is Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic healthcare systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.. Mr. Ragone is the author of four books on presidential history and American government. In 2015, he started a nonprofit with the St. Louis Chess Club called Your Move Chess, which funds after-school chess for underserved communities in the St. Louis area. Deborah Roach, of Grant City, was appointed to the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents. Ms. Roach is the Postmaster of Sheridan and Officer-in-Charge of the Grant City Post Office. She has served as Mayor of Grant City for more than 10 years. Ms. Roach is a Board Member of the Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation Group which spans six Northwest Missouri counties. She also serves as a Statewide Board Member for the Missouri Community Betterment Program. Ms. Roach is a graduate of Worth County R-III. Dr. Naveed Razzaque, of Bridgeton, was appointed to the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. Dr. Razzaque is Chair of the Department of Medicine at SSM DePaul Health Center. He is also President of West Florissant Internists, a medical group engaged in primary care practice. For the past thirty-three years, Dr. Razzaque has been providing primary care in both inpatient and office practice following his patients in hospitals and various skilled nursing facilities where he provides medical directorships. He was Chair of the Department of Medicine at CHNE BJC affiliate for 12 years and also held the position of Chief-of-Staff. Dr. Razzaque is currently Vice-President of the Board of Nursing Home Administrators. He has been board certified in internal medicine since 1987. Dr. Razzaque received his Medical Degree from King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. Martha Staggs, of Paris, was appointed to the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Ms. Staggs is a retired educator who taught for Wellston Public Schools and for the Valley Park School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Education, with a Reading Speciality, from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Ms. Staggs also assisted in the revision of Missouri State Standards for Language Arts for Grades K-5. Allen Shirley, of Joplin, was appointed to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Mr. Shirley is retired from Johnson & Johnson. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Mr. Shirley is the President of the Joplin Historical Society, and his community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum and Rader’s Farm. Dr. Marc Taormina, of Lee’s Summit, was appointed to the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. Dr. Taormina is a Physician at Midwest GI Health, LLC and is on staff at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Taormina is a Councilor of the Missouri State Medical Association and completed his GI fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is also ABIM board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Jeff Ussery, of Republic, was appointed to the Amusement Ride Safety Board. Mr. Ussery is the Safety and Security Manager for Silver Dollar City Attractions. He also serves as the Mayor of Republic. Additionally, Mr. Ussery has served as a Patrol Sergeant for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office from 2006-2015. He is a Certified Operations Technician Level 1, from AIMS International and has a Peace Officer License from Drury University. Traci Wiley, of West Plains, was appointed to the Missouri Fire Safety Education / Advisory Commission. Ms. Wiley is the Owner of Wiley Insurance Agency LLC, an independent insurance agency in West Plains. She is the President of the West Plains Lions Club, Treasurer of West Plains Community Foundation, and a Board Member of the South Central Ozark Council of Governments. Wiley Insurance Agency LLC, was voted Best Insurance Agency and Ms. Wiley was voted Best Businesswoman in 2017 and 2019, by the readers of the West Plains Daily Quill. Dwight Wyatt, of Oakville, was appointed to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Mr. Wyatt is an Architect for D.E. Wyatt Architects PC in Oakville. His projects have included several technically challenging facilities and modernizations, these projects include; educational, industrial & business, institutional, recreational, as well as quality control reviews. Mr. Wyatt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Technology from Washington University in St. Louis. Brian Zaitz, of St. Charles, was appointed to the Missouri Fire Safety Education / Advisory Commission. Mr. Zaitz is the Assistant Fire Chief and Training Officer for the City of Kirkwood. Previously, he served as a Captain with the Metro West Fire Protection District and as a Lead Instructor at the St. Louis County Fire Academy. Mr. Zaitz holds an Associate’s of Science in Paramedic Technology, from St. Louis Community College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Management, from Lindenwood University; a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development, from Indiana State University; and is an Executive Fire Officer graduate of the National Fire Academy. He also serves as a Safety Officer on the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Team, Missouri Task Force 1. Governor Parson Embarks on First Trade Mission, Travels to Europe to Attract New Business to Missouri https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-embarks-first-trade-mission-travels-europe-attract-new 2026 at https://governor.mo.gov Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:23:22 +0000 Governor Parson Embarks on First Trade Mission, Travels to Europe to Attract New Business to Missouri Stephanie.Whitaker Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:23 June 14, 2019 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson embarked on his first Trade Mission to Europe to engage with leaders and attract new business to Missouri. The Governor will make several stops in France, Germany, and Switzerland over the course of the trip. Building on Governor Parson’s workforce and economic development priorities, the goals of the Trade Mission are to communicate to an international audience all that Missouri has to offer and encourage new investment in the state. “International trade and investment play a critical role in our state’s economy,” Governor Mike Parson said. “We must continue to build upon our foreign relationships and promote Missouri as an ideal location for business in order to sustain economic growth and success.”   Governor Parson to visit Normandy American Cemetery Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will visit the Normandy American Cemetery and honor Missouri’s fallen through a flag exchange and wreath-placing ceremony with Superintendent Scott Desjardins. Governor Parson to meet with French employers, promote Missouri’s economy Governor Parson will participate in a roundtable with French CEOs to discuss concerns related to workforce development, promote Missouri’s strong business climate, and provide a glimpse into the state’s economic future. Topics of discussion will include workforce development and infrastructure improvements, geopolitical concerns, the important role Missouri plays in the U.S. economy, and future trends. Governor Parson will have the opportunity to meet with the Canadian and U.S. Ambassadors to France, key executives of the U.S. and Canadian Industry Associations, fellow U.S. Governors, and other national and military officials. Governor Parson to attend Le Bourget Paris Airshow, meet with Missouri businesses Governor Parson will attend the Paris Airshow to meet with Missouri companies that are helping grow the state’s aerospace exports including Boeing, Leonardo DRS, and GNK Aerospace. Governor Parson will also hold several other meetings with companies throughout the trip with existing relationships in Missouri to thank them for their investment in the state and encourage them to consider Missouri as an ideal location for future investment plans. The trip is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit organization. Details on the second half of the Trade Mission will be released next week. For more updates, follow @GovMikeParson on Facebook and @GovParsonMO on Twitter. Governor Parson Announces Grant to Fix St. Louis Rail Bridge https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-announces-grant-fix-st-louis-rail-bridge 2021 at https://governor.mo.gov Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:36:43 +0000 Governor Parson Announces Grant to Fix St. Louis Rail Bridge thurme Thu, 06/13/2019 - 16:36 June 13, 2019 Jefferson City Governor Mike Parson said today Missouri will receive up to $28.8 million in federal aid to rehabilitate the MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis. The bridge, owned by the Terminal Railroad Association, carries rail freight and passenger trains over the Mississippi River and connects St. Louis, Missouri, to East St. Louis, Illinois. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration distributes the grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program and the Special Transportation Circumstances Program. More than $326 million will fund 45 state and local railroad infrastructure projects in 29 states. The rehabilitation will allow the bridge to accommodate 315,000 pound railcars and will extend the life of the bridge until about 2085. “This grant will fund critical repairs to the MacArthur Bridge, an important conduit between Missouri and Illinois for both freight and people,” Governor Parson said. “When the work is complete, the bridge will be wider and safer and will last for many more years.” “This grant shows the ongoing commitment of the Federal Railroad Administration to providing critical public investments in the St. Louis area and U.S. economy. The awarded funds are critical to maintaining the current level of service to cargoes shipped by rail and passengers on Amtrak, which in turn reduces congestion and wear and tear on the region’s highways,” said Terminal Railroad Association President Mike McCarthy. The Federal Railroad Administration in 2017 provided more than $7 million for the bridge’s Broadway Truss component. Together, the two grants will complete the 100-year old bridge’s rehabilitation. According to a 2017 Benefit/Cost Analysis conducted by Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, 150 million gross tons cross the river over the MacArthur and Merchants bridges combined every year. Governor Parson Orders Capitol Lighted Blue in Celebration of St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup Victory https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-orders-capitol-lighted-blue-celebration-st-louis-blues 2011 at https://governor.mo.gov Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:55:09 +0000 Governor Parson Orders Capitol Lighted Blue in Celebration of St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup Victory thurme Thu, 06/13/2019 - 13:55 June 13, 2019 Jefferson City Governor Mike Parson has ordered the lighting of the Missouri State Capitol dome to shine blue Thursday evening in celebration of the St. Louis Blues’ first-ever win of the Stanley Cup. The Blues’ Stanley Cup victory marks the end of the team’s 52-year wait for hockey’s highest honor. After defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 Wednesday night, the Blues brought the Stanley Cup home to St. Louis for the first time. A celebration and parade is planned for Saturday in downtown St. Louis. “The wait is over — the St. Louis Blues have brought the Stanley Cup home to the great State of Missouri. This is a well-deserved victory for a team that has inspired the people of St. Louis and Missouri throughout a hard-fought season. The Blues have made us all proud. Congratulations to the Stanley Cup Champions —  St. Louis Blues,” Governor Parson said. Governor Parson Orders Flag to Half-Staff in St. Louis County on Friday in Honor of Firefighter-Paramedic Christopher R. Moore https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-orders-flag-half-staff-st-louis-county-friday-honor 2001 at https://governor.mo.gov Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:51:49 +0000 Governor Parson Orders Flag to Half-Staff in St. Louis County on Friday in Honor of Firefighter-Paramedic Christopher R. Moore thurme Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:51 June 13, 2019 Jefferson City Governor Mike Parson has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in St. Louis County for one full day on Friday, June 14 to honor Maryland Heights Fire Protection District Firefighter-Paramedic Christopher R. Moore. On June 6, Firefighter-Paramedic Moore was on duty when he suffered a medical emergency. He died on June 8. “From an early age, Chris Moore made the decision to devote his life to public service, first becoming a junior firefighter,” Governor Parson said. “He spent most of his life as a member of the fire service, selflessly risking his own safety to keep others safe, and won honors for valor and bravery during his career. He will be remembered for the legacy of service he leaves us.”    Moore, a 17-year veteran of the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District had earlier served as a member of the Eureka Fire Protection District and the Metro West Fire Protection District. The flags will be held at half-staff on the day Moore is laid the rest. Governor Parson Applauds Secretary Sonny Perdue for Choosing Kansas City as the Next Home of Two USDA Agencies https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-applauds-secretary-sonny-perdue-choosing-kansas-city-next 1996 at https://governor.mo.gov Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:21:01 +0000 Governor Parson Applauds Secretary Sonny Perdue for Choosing Kansas City as the Next Home of Two USDA Agencies thurme Thu, 06/13/2019 - 09:21 June 13, 2019 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson congratulated Kansas City and all of Missouri for being selected by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as the new home of USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agricultural Policy (NIFA). “We are thrilled that Secretary Perdue chose to relocate ERS and NIFA to the heartland. We appreciate all the hard work and commitment from Secretary Perdue, President Trump’s Administration, and the large Kansas City coalition in making this happen,” Governor Parson said. “Missouri agriculture has unrivaled diversity, access to cutting-edge research at our land grant universities, and a thriving agribusiness environment. By choosing a location close to their farmer-constituent base, these offices will remain rooted in agriculture and, as a result, will be better able to make decisions that serve American agriculture well. ” Missouri agriculture is an $88.4 billion industry and remains the number one economic driver in the Show-Me State. To learn more, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov. Governor Parson Signs Bill to End the Missouri-Kansas Border War https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-signs-bill-end-missouri-kansas-border-war 1991 at https://governor.mo.gov Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:15:19 +0000 Governor Parson Signs Bill to End the Missouri-Kansas Border War Stephanie.Whitaker Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:15 June 11, 2019 Signing the legislation signals the first step toward a truce between the two states Jefferson City Today, Governor Parson signed SB 182, which would restrict the award of economic development incentives to companies moving from Kansas to certain counties in Missouri.   “We want to work together with our peers in Kansas to support the growth of the entire Kansas City region,” Governor Parson said. “Incentivizing companies to move a few miles doesn’t result in new jobs for the citizens of Kansas or Missouri, and it takes state resources away from other priorities that would result in true growth for the state.” The legislation, which only takes effect if Kansas executes a reciprocal agreement, would impact companies moving between Johnson, Miami, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri. Research done by the Hall Family Foundation which looked at moves between Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas and Jackson County in Missouri estimated that more than 10,000 jobs moved between the two states in the last decade, for an incentive cost of some $330 million. Now that Governor Parson has signed the legislation into law, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly will need to complete a similar agreement for the truce to fully take effect. EDITORIAL: Basin States Need to Speak with Unified Voice on Missouri River Management https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/editorial-basin-states-need-speak-unified-voice-missouri-river-management 1431 at https://governor.mo.gov Thu, 28 Mar 2019 10:33:04 +0000 EDITORIAL: Basin States Need to Speak with Unified Voice on Missouri River Management Stephanie.Whitaker Thu, 03/28/2019 - 10:33 March 28, 2019 Jefferson City – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the Missouri River through the Master Manual, a 432-page document that lays out eight congressionally authorized purposes: flood control, river navigation, hydroelectric power, irrigation, water supply, water quality, recreation, and fish and wildlife (including preservation of endangered species). Congress authorized flood control and navigation as the dominant project purposes for the Missouri River system. However, during a 2004 update of the Master Manual, the Corps shifted the prioritization of these purposes to hold water higher in the reservoir system to benefit fisheries – an action that effectively reduced flood control. For decades, the State of Missouri has strongly argued flood control must be the Corps’ top priority and that reducing flood impacts is the dominant project purpose that Congress authorized to guide the Corps’ management of the Missouri River. The Midwest is now bearing witness to the devastating results when those eight purposes are not appropriately prioritized. The Corps maintains one of the nation’s largest flood control systems on the Missouri river main-stem, but the devastating flooding we are experiencing and the previous record 2011 flooding have demonstrated the current system is insufficient to protect us. The majority of the runoff causing the flooding in the Missouri River basin this week came either from unregulated tributaries to the Missouri River without a Corps reservoir or in tributaries to the Corps’ most downstream reservoir, Lewis and Clark Reservoir above Gavins Point Dam – a reservoir with very little flood storage. The Corps should be considering expanding Lewis and Clark Reservoir, adding more flood control reservoirs on the tributaries in the lower Missouri River, or implementing other strategies to expand flood storage, instead of being distracted by protracted debates about endangered species. It is long past time for change. We must begin a serious discussion about how we improve flood control on the Missouri River. To accomplish this, the states of the Missouri River basin must reassert our leadership in guiding the federal government’s management of the river. After the 2011 flood, the Governors of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming agreed that flood control was their number one priority. I am certain it remains so today. The State of Missouri has always been vigilant about protecting the life and property of its citizens. For decades Missouri has vigorously opposed changes to Corps operations that would reduce flood control. Unfortunately, despite Missouri’s strong opposition, the Corps’ recently released Missouri River Recovery Program Management Plan includes the possibility of an artificial spring rise, which would deliberately cause downstream flooding to purportedly benefit an endangered species of fish. As this year’s flooding clearly shows, however, there are too many natural rises on the Missouri River. It is time for the Corps to finally abandon any proposal that includes a man-made spring rise on the Missouri River.  In the weeks and months following this flood, it is imperative that the Corps work with levee districts and municipalities to quickly repair the damage to our flood-control infrastructure. The Corps must also work with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make our infrastructure more resilient to these recurring impacts.  The Corps can, and needs to, improve the way it manages the system, but we as a state also need to take a stronger role in guiding the federal government’s management of the Missouri River. Our citizens can’t continue to risk their lives, homes, livestock, and futures on a flood-control system that is insufficient to protect them. Governor Parson Delivers 2019 State of the State Address https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-delivers-2019-state-state-address 1026 at https://governor.mo.gov Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:11:16 +0000 Governor Parson Delivers 2019 State of the State Address kellmm Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:11 January 16, 2019 Jefferson City Today, Governor Parson delivered his first State of the State Address to a Joint Session of the 100th Missouri General Assembly. The Governor’s speech focused on his two core priorities, workforce development and infrastructure. The Governor stated these are the right priorities to ensure the State of Missouri thrives both now and into the future.   “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.” 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. 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 were being 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 in our local areas. 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.  His speech also discussed the Governor’s efforts to improve the health and healthcare of all Missouri citizens. He announced that his budget provides a substantial increase to directly help those facing mental health challenges, expand telemedicine technology, combat the opioid crisis, and better serve those in need. The Governor and First Lady’s commitment to promote awareness and advance autism research was also discussed, with the Governor announcing a proposed $1 million towards that cause. He also restated his commitment to safeguarding the integrity of the Medicaid program and the importance of curbing Medicaid costs in future budget years.  The Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Summary can be found here: oa.mo.gov/2020budget. The transcript for the 2019 State of the State can be found here: https://www.mo.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-State-of-the-State-Text.pdf Governor Parson Announces Special Session to Address Legislative Priorities https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-announces-special-session-address-legislative-priorities 371 at https://governor.mo.gov Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:36:18 +0000 Governor Parson Announces Special Session to Address Legislative Priorities swobos1 Fri, 08/31/2018 - 17:36 August 30, 2018 Session will Focus on STEM Education and Expansion of Treatment Courts Jefferson City Governor Mike Parson announced today that the Missouri General Assembly will be called back in for a Special Session concurrent with Veto Session.  The Special Session will take place the week of September 10-14 and will focus on the passage of computer science course access and awareness of career opportunities through STEM education as well as expanding treatment courts in the State of Missouri.   “When I addressed the General Assembly nearly three months ago, I pledged that I would change the tone and work with the legislature,” said Gov. Parson. “This call is a step in delivering that promise.  These two issues were a part of the General Assembly’s historic session as they passed a number of their priorities.  By working together to come up with a more narrowly defined focus, we will have better served the people of Missouri.” The new STEM education requires Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to establish an online program to educate students about STEM careers and allows for multiple companies to apply to provide the program.  By passing this during a special session, it will allow for DESE to start the process of implementing it for the 2019-2020 school year.  Senator Doug Libla sponsored one version of the original bill.   “Computer science being offered in our K-12 schools is so important to the future of our Missouri students and to the many companies that desire and depend on these skills. Thousands of high-paying jobs are available right now all across Missouri,” said Sen. Libla, R-Poplar Bluff.  “I would like to thank Gov. Parson and the Missouri Legislature for their past support of this life-changing legislation.” The new treatment court legislation will focus solely on reforms to treatment courts throughout the state.  Expansion of treatment courts will allow for more individuals to get treatment, rather than being incarcerated in our already overcrowded prison system. Representative Kevin Austin was the original sponsor of the treatment court bill. “I applaud the Governor's action and comments.  I appreciate his recognition that Missouri treatment courts have been a great success at changing lives for the better, lowering criminal recidivism rates, saving tax-payer dollars by reducing incarceration, all the while making our communities safer and aiding our citizens in their quest to be more productive and improve their quality of life. I am excited to work with my colleagues and the governor to pass this crucial expansion of our treatment courts into law,” said Rep. Austin, R-Springfield. Both leadership from the House and Senate have endorsed the Governor’s decision for a special session.  The timeliness of the call to have a special session concurrent with veto session will ensure that this special session is run efficiently, cutting down on any additional costs and saving taxpayer dollars.    “Since taking office in June, the governor has asked us for a fresh start and for us to begin working together for a better Missouri. We believe in his vision of moving Missouri forward by finding new solutions for workforce development and exploring innovation,” said President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “We understand there are priorities the governor would like to accomplish before the end of the year. We respect those priorities, and as the Senate Leader, I will do what I can to push his agenda forward.” “I appreciate the governor’s willingness to work closely with us to resolve these pressing issues that will have a positive impact on thousands of Missourians all across our state,” said House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff. “My colleagues and I are ready to have an efficient session that will improve our system of education to better prepare our young people for the jobs of the future, and give Missourians battling substance abuse access to treatment that will allow them to become healthy, productive citizens.” In addition to legislators, Missouri leaders have spoken up in favor of the upcoming special session.  “Businesses across the state are struggling right now to find workers who have the skills they need. This problem severely impacts companies that are hiring for jobs that require computer science skills. I applaud Gov. Mike Parson and the Missouri General Assembly for focusing on STEM workforce readiness during the upcoming special session,” said Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Passing this legislation is an important first step toward improving computer science education in our state and giving students essential skills needed in today’s economy. This effort aligns with our Missouri 2030 plan and the business community anticipates important progress being made when lawmakers return to Jefferson City.” "With tens of thousands of unfilled tech jobs in Missouri, it is more important than ever to make STEM career pathways visible to young people. As an organization that provides free, accessible tech training to Missourians, LaunchCode is proud to support legislation that will open doors to new generations of learners and better prepare them for accelerated, job-focused training programs like ours," said Jeff Mazur, Executive Director, LaunchCode. "We are grateful to Gov. Parson and legislative leaders for making STEM career awareness an urgent policy priority." “Preparing tomorrow’s workforce for careers in STEM is an important priority for Cerner and we work to provide students with learning programs that offer the professional skills and technical knowledge to set them up for future success,” said Julie Wilson, Chief People Officer, Cerner. “We appreciate the continued focus by Gov. Parson on growing STEM education, which will further make Missouri a place to attract and recruit top talent for the jobs of today and the future.” “Treatment courts are the most successful intervention in our nation’s history for holding accountable people living with substance use and mental health disorders, and leading them out of the justice system into lives of recovery and stability,” said Judge Alan Blankenship, 39th Circuit Court and President of Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals. Though vetoed during the regular session due to problematic language that had been added, both received strong bipartisan support, and Gov. Parson reiterated that this special session is about agreement not division.