News Feed: Governor /news-rss?filter=governor News Feed: Governor Mon, 30 Jan 2023 07:39:50 +0000 en-us Governor Parson Announces Three Judicial Appointments 9851 at Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:23:53 +0000 Governor Parson Announces Three Judicial Appointments johnathan.shiflett Fri, 01/27/2023 - 12:23 January 27, 2023 Today, Governor Mike Parson announced three judicial appointments to the 21st, 23rd, and 31st Judicial Circuits. Today, Governor Mike Parson announced three judicial appointments to the 21st, 23rd, and 31st Judicial Circuits. The Honorable Nicole S. Zellweger, of Ladue, was appointed as Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit. Judge Zellweger currently serves as an Associate Circuit Judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit. She holds Bachelors of Arts in sociology and religion, political science, and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Master of Arts from Yale Divinity School, and a Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis. She will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Renee Hardin-Tammons to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. The Honorable Shannon R. Dougherty, of Dittmer, was appointed as Circuit Judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit. Judge Dougherty currently serves as an Associate Circuit Judge in the 23rd Judicial Circuit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Troy Cardona. Daniel R. Wichmer, of Springfield, was appointed as Circuit Judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit. Mr. Wichmer currently serves as the Executive Director of Legal Services of Southern Missouri. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Truman State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Jason R. Brown. Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 23-02 In Preparation of Forecasted Severe Winter Weather 9841 at Tue, 24 Jan 2023 17:30:00 +0000 Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 23-02 In Preparation of Forecasted Severe Winter Weather johnathan.shiflett Tue, 01/24/2023 - 17:30 January 24, 2023 Activates Missouri National Guard Members, Extends State of Emergency Declared for Gygr-Gas Customers Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 23-02, activating the Missouri National Guard to assist local authorities in responding to severe winter weather that is forecasted to begin across Missouri this evening. The Order also extends the existing State of Emergency established in Executive Order 22-08 and later modified and extended in 22-11. Liquified petroleum gas containers owned by Gygr-Gas may continue to be filled by other Missouri propane companies through February 28.  "As always, we pray for the best but want to be prepared for the worst," Governor Parson said. "While we hope Missourians will see little disruption due to forecasted winter weather, state government and the Missouri National Guard will be on alert to assist with response efforts if the need arises. Roadways could become increasingly hazardous, and we want to urge Missourians to be prepared and avoid traveling in poor conditions." Executive Order 23-02 will expire on February 28, 2023, unless otherwise terminated or extended.  To view Executive Order 23-02, click here.  State Awards $30 million in Funding to Help Companies Find and Train Workers 9831 at Tue, 24 Jan 2023 10:00:57 +0000 State Awards $30 million in Funding to Help Companies Find and Train Workers johnathan.shiflett Tue, 01/24/2023 - 10:00 January 24, 2023 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $30 million through the ARPA Workforce Training Grant Program. The program is focused on helping companies address workforce shortages by recruiting and training thousands of Missourians. “As we continue to invest in our workforce, we’re excited to announce the recipients of the Workforce Training Grant Program,” Governor Parson said. “From day one, our administration has made it a top priority to ensure employers have the workers they need to expand and grow. A stronger workforce means a stronger tomorrow, and this program will go a long way in ensuring Missouri workers can meet the demands of the future.” The ARPA Workforce Training Grant Program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), was launched in August 2022. The program awarded competitive grants to a wide range of applicants and will train workers for a variety of industries including child care, health care, broadband deployment, manufacturing, and more. The grant is also aimed at helping those who need it most, encouraging recipients to train at-risk and low-income populations. “This program is going to help employers in critical industries find the workers they need to propel our economy forward,” Maggie Kost, Acting Director of the Department of Economic Development said. “At the same time, it will equip real people with job skills that improve their lives, provide for their families, and benefit their communities.” “Our team has worked hard to make the Workforce Training Grant Program as efficient as possible in helping Missouri’s workforce recover from the impact of the pandemic,” Kristie Davis, Director of Missouri One Start said. “This program is advancing our goal of helping workers develop their skillsets while ensuring companies can recruit the talent they need. We’re proud to make these historic investments that will have a lasting impact on our state’s workforce, economic growth, and overall wellbeing.” For details on recipients of the ARPA Workforce Training Grant Program, please see click here. To learn more about DED’s ARPA-funded grant programs, visit Governor Parson Makes Seven Appointments to Various Boards and Commissions 9826 at Mon, 23 Jan 2023 15:18:40 +0000 Governor Parson Makes Seven Appointments to Various Boards and Commissions johnathan.shiflett Mon, 01/23/2023 - 15:18 January 23, 2023 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson announced seven appointments to various boards and commissions.  Tim Francka, of Bolivar, was appointed to the Missouri State University Board of Governors. Mr. Francka is the Administrative Director of Long Term Care for Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. He has been with the Foundation since 1989. He also serves as a member of the Missouri Health Care Association board of directors and currently serves as the Missouri delegate to the American Health Care Association. Mr. Francka holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and business from Missouri State University. Lisa Newcomer, of Jackson, was appointed to the Missouri Board for Respiratory Care. Ms. Newcomer currently serves as Vice President of Regional Operations for Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau. She previously served as Service Line Director of Cancer Services at Saint Francis Healthcare System, and she is an American College of Healthcare Executives fellow. Ms. Newcomer holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in health care administration from William Woods University.   Tameka Randle, of Cape Girardeau, was appointed to the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Ms. Randle currently serves as Executive Director of People Organized to Revitalize Community Healing (PORCH), a non-profit organization. She serves on the Cape Girardeau City Council as the Ward Two Representative. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. David Sater, of Cassville, was appointed to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Dr. Sater is a retired pharmacist and former owner and operator of Sater Pharmacy in Cassville. He is a former Missouri State Senator for District 29 and a former Missouri State Representative for District 68. He has been a member of the Missouri Pharmacy Association since 1973. Dr. Sater holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Missouri State University and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Jeff Schrag, of Springfield, was appointed to the Missouri State University Board of Governors. Mr. Schrag is the owner and founder of Mothers Brewing Company in Springfield and is the publisher of the Daily Events newspaper. He has served as the chairman of both the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. He has also previously served as President of the Missouri Press Association and the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild. He holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University. Harry Thompson, of Lohman, was appointed to the Air Conservation Commission. Mr. Thompson currently serves as President of the Cole County Farm Bureau. He is a retired owner and operator of a row crop and livestock farm. He previously served on the boards of MFA Inc. and Missouri Farm Bureau. Chris Williams, of Carl Junction, was appointed to the Missouri Mining Commission. Mr. Williams is currently the Vice President of Operations at Capital Materials in Jefferson City. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Limestone Producers Association. He has previously served as Vice President of Aggregate Operations for Erlen Group. Mr. Williams holds an Associate Degree in business administration from Missouri Southern State University. State Awards $261 million through Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to Fund 60 Broadband Expansion Projects 9806 at Mon, 23 Jan 2023 10:02:35 +0000 State Awards $261 million through Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to Fund 60 Broadband Expansion Projects Stephanie.Whitaker Mon, 01/23/2023 - 10:02 January 23, 2023 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded a total of $261 million through the ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to 60 recipients for projects that will expand and improve internet access statewide. Projects receiving funds are expected to create more than 55,000 connections in locations that previously lacked adequate internet access. “We’re proud to announce the recipients of the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program, which represents a major step forward in strengthening Missouri’s internet connectivity,” Governor Parson said. “Our goal with American Rescue Plan Act funds is to make investments that have a lasting, positive impact for Missourians statewide. Today, we have accomplished that for broadband expansion, which is vital to supporting education, health care, business, and agriculture in today’s economy.” The ARPA Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program, administered by DED’s Office of Broadband Development, was launched in August 2022 to invest in broadband expansion. The program awarded competitive grants to a wide range of applicants, including traditional internet providers as well as electric and telephone cooperatives. The program prioritized unserved and underserved areas. Funds will be used to build new connections that will deliver symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps upload / 100 Mbps download or greater. “Today’s announcement is great news for Missouri businesses, communities, and families who need and deserve access to quality internet,” said Maggie Kost, Acting Director of the Department of Economic Development. “Broadband expansion is a critical priority, both for economic development and improving the lives of people across our state. We’re grateful to partner with recipients of this grant program to bring more connections, and greater opportunities, to all Missourians.” “I’m incredibly proud of the hard work and careful consideration the Office of Broadband Development team contributed to the success of this grant program,” said BJ Tanksley, Director of the Office of Broadband Development. “We truly believe these investments will be transformational for broadband expansion in Missouri. As we continue striving for a fully-connected future, we look forward to this program’s results and appreciate the stakeholder support that helped make it possible.” Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program Recipients v2.pdf Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 23-01 Establishing a Master Plan on Aging 9776 at Thu, 19 Jan 2023 11:21:11 +0000 Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 23-01 Establishing a Master Plan on Aging johnathan.shiflett Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:21 January 19, 2023 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 23-01 to establish a Master Plan on Aging to help reduce age and disability discrimination, eliminate barriers to safe and healthy aging, and help Missourians to age with dignity. Currently, there are more than 1.1 million Missouri citizens over the age of 60. Estimates suggest that older adults will outnumber minors for the first time by 2030 and older adults will greatly outnumber minors by 2060. "Older Missourians have worked hard, paid their dues, and helped teach and guide the next generations of Missourians," Governor Parson said. "We want to ensure they are able to enjoy their golden years with dignity and respect. That is why we are proposing a Master Plan on Aging. Through this plan, we will develop a 10-year framework that provides a guiding vision for policies and programs to support our senior communities." The Executive Order calls on the Department of Health and Senior Services, with the assistance of a new Advisory Council, to develop a Master Plan on Aging for the State of Missouri that addresses the needs and health outcomes for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Health and Senior Services is tasked with finalizing the Master Plan on Aging by December 31, 2025, and releasing a public report. Governor Parson's administration is working to support all citizens as they age to ensure older adults and individuals with disabilities live as safely and independently as possible in the environment of their choice while fully participating in their community. Supporting older Missourians in their homes, not just in long-term care or nursing facilities, and improving access to services will help empower individuals as they age and lead to the more efficient use of Medicaid and other social programs. "Our administration has always prioritized job creation, strong wages, and competitive markets for all Missourians," Governor Parson said. "Missouri needs to prepare for a restructured workforce that can include and serve older adults across the state." To view Executive Order 23-01, click here.  NOT DONE YET: Governor Parson Delivers 2023 State of the State Address 9771 at Wed, 18 Jan 2023 16:12:53 +0000 NOT DONE YET: Governor Parson Delivers 2023 State of the State Address Dakota.Julian Wed, 01/18/2023 - 16:12 January 18, 2023 Jefferson City Today, Governor Mike Parson delivered the 2023 State of the State Address to the Missouri General Assembly. Governor Parson expressed to the General Assembly and state officials that Missouri is stronger today and committed to continuing what his administration has started because "We Are Not Done Yet." After recalling the last year and a historic special session that saw the passage of the State's largest income tax cut and extraordinary support for agriculture, his speech centered on the progress state government has made in infrastructure, workforce and education, mental health and health, government reform, and public safety and where more is needed.  "Together, we’ve moved billions of dollars in investments across this state. Whether you live in Kansas City or St. Louis, call Kennett or Rockport home, grow corn or cotton, vote left, right, or center, we’ve left no community behind," Governor Parson said. "Missouri is stronger today, and we're going to continue what we've started because this Governor isn't done yet. WE ARE NOT DONE YET." Infrastructure To build on the state's past successes, Governor Parson prioritized major investments in infrastructure, including $250 million to continue broadband expansion efforts and $35 million to update railway crossings all across the state to modern day safety standards. Governor Parson also called on the General Assembly to make a generational investment to widen and rebuild the I-70 corridor. His plan invests $859 million and expands six lanes from St. Louis to Warrenton, Kansas City to Odessa, and extending both East and West from Columbia. I-70 is one of the most traveled stretch of highway in Missouri, and Governor Parson's plan would improve inter and intrastate travel for Missourians, visitors, and goods and services as well as reduce traffic injuries and deaths. "For years, congestion, traffic accidents, and delays have become serious issues for commuters on I-70. Not only are we concerned for motorist safety, these inefficiencies are costly to our state’s economy," Governor Parson said. "To those who say we can't afford it, I say we can't afford not to. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and the time is now." Workforce Development and Education During his speech, Governor Parson detailed the progress his administration has made in education funding, teacher pay, and workforce development. This year, his budget proposal adds $117 million to fully fund the foundation formula, $233 million for school transportation needs, $32 million to expand the Career Ladder Program, and continues the Teacher Baseline Salary Program that raised teacher pay from $25,000 to $38,000 per year. Governor Parson also requested $56 million to expand pre-kindergarten options to all four-year-old children eligible for free and reduced priced lunch at no cost. To further strengthen the child care network, he includes $78 million to increase child care subsidy rates and establishes three new child care tax credit programs: Child Care Contribution Tax Credit - Encourages contributions to child care providers to improve and expand facilities and services; Employer-Provided Child Care Assistance Tax Credit - Benefits employers who offer child care assistance to their employees; and Child Care Providers Tax Credit - Assists child care providers with payroll costs and incentivizes capital improvements to child care facilities. "Missouri businesses consistently rank the lack of child care options as a barrier to recruiting and retaining employees, and we have an opportunity to assist," Governor Parson said. "Together these supports will help serve more Missouri families by enabling more child care providers to remain in business, start their business, or expand their business." Governor Parson also recommended several key investments in workforce development and higher education, which includes: $275 million for transformational capital improvement projects at Missouri's public higher education institutions;  Seven percent ($71 million) increase in core funding to Missouri's public higher education institutions - the largest increase in 25 years; $38 million for MoExcels workforce development projects on college campuses; $3 million for Apprenticeship Missouri; $2.2 million to modernize Missouri's 27 job centers; $800,000 for Governor Parson's Fast Track program; and $500,000 for Jobs for America's Graduates. Government Reform Governor Parson re-emphasized the need for the General Assembly to act to raise state team member pay. He asked legislators to immediately act on his plan to provide an 8.7 percent cost of living adjustment for all state workers and increase the shift differential to $2 per hour pay for team members working in congregate care facilities during high-demand evening and overnight shifts.  Governor Parson also included $22 million for the Missouri Department of Social Services' Children's Division. The Division remains critically understaffed and under-resourced. Governor Parson's plan makes strategic investments to hire more support staff and extend critical support to struggling families and children.  Health and Mental Health Care Governor Parson also requested $3.5 million to expand the state's successful youth behavioral health liaison program and add 27 additional liaisons across the state. Additionally, Governor Parson's budget includes $4 million for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training programs to increase the number of individuals receiving CNA training.  Missouri currently ranks 44th in the United States maternal mortality. Governor Parson asked the General Assembly to allocate $4.3 million to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to implement its new maternal mortality plan. "Frankly, it is embarrassing and absolutely unacceptable for us to be failing in this area," Governor Parson said. "We must do better. If we can't get it right for our mothers and children across our sate, we might as well pack our bags and let someone else occupy these seats. Let's support mothers, let' support our children, and let's support the future of Missouri." Public Safety During his speech, Governor Parson expressed his continued support for Missouri's law enforcement officers. He also highlighted the success of the Missouri Blue Scholarship, which, so far, has awarded scholarships to 147 individuals to attend law enforcement training academies in Missouri.  This year, Governor Parson also proposed $50 million for school safety grants for Missouri schools to make physical security investments on their campuses, develop safety plans, establish school resource officer programs, and increase active threat trainings.  2023 State of the State Special Guests During his speech, Governor Parson recognized special guests for their achievements and commitment to the people of Missouri: Emily Fluckey – First grade teacher from Meadville R-IV School District  Sharon Winton – Director of Discovery Place child care in Jefferson City Project Pave Students Christian Malloyd Jaydin Thomas Savanna Jones Desiya Pace Sophia Luraschi Destinee Oglesby Kayla Stewart Vivian Martin Phallin Thornton – Missouri Youth Behavioral Health Liaison (YBHL) Leah Crawford and her daughter Jewel – Received care through YBHL Phallin Thornton Rachel Kelley – Missouri Blue Scholarship recipient  Samuel Altom – Missouri Blue Scholarship recipient Missouri Blue Ribbon School Students Emmerson Hilty – Blair Oaks Elementary student Preston Snitker – Blair Oaks Elementary student Cooper Minks – Chapel Lakes Elementary School Skylaur James – Chapel Lakes Elementary School Mahlia Waheed – Dewey Elementary School Decker Rardon – Dewey Elementary School Henley Ricklefs – EPiC Elementary School Sawyer Burch – EPiC Elementary School Carson Defazio – Eugene Field Elementary School Rosalind Martin – Eugene Field Elementary School Ben Herwick – Kirkwood Senior High School Julia McDonald – Kirkwood Senior High School Meghana Nakkanti – Nixa High School Gideon Carter – Nixa High School Governor Parson concluded today’s State of the State Address by inviting students from Missouri's seven public Blue Ribbon Schools on to the House Floor, where he introduced them and highlighted their American Dream.  "It's them, their future, their dream, their American Dream that state government MUST support – that we in this building must come together to fight for. It's our privilege and our responsibility," Governor Parson said. "Like Teresa and me, the American Dream should be achievable for ALL, never the exception for some."  "Your children, your grandchildren, these Missouri children are the future. The future of our state, our nation, and our democracy. If we fail to provide them with the tools for success then the failures of tomorrow are the failures of today," Governor Parson continued. "For you, your kids, your grandkids, and your families, this Governor, this Dad, and this Gramps is not done yet. WE are not done yet!" To view a full transcript of Governor Parson’s speech and special guest bios, please see attachments. To view the FY2024 Budget in Brief, please click here. The FY24 Executive Budget will be available here at 3 p.m. Pictures from today's events, including special guests, will be available on Flickr. SOTS Special Guest Bios.pdf 2023 State of the State - Governor Mike Parson.pdf Governor Parson Signs Largest Income Tax Cut in State History into Law 9371 at Wed, 05 Oct 2022 11:30:20 +0000 Governor Parson Signs Largest Income Tax Cut in State History into Law johnathan.shiflett Wed, 10/05/2022 - 11:30 October 5, 2022 Signs Critical Legislation Extending and Creating Key Agriculture Tax Credit Programs  Jefferson City Today, during a press conference and ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson signed SBs 3 & 5 and HB 3 into law. Both pieces of legislation are a result of the special session Governor Parson called to pass historic income tax cuts and extend key agriculture tax credits for a minimum of six years. "Missouri's elected officials have been hard at work at the State Capitol to pass critical support for farmers and ranchers and the largest income tax cut in state history for all taxpaying Missourians," Governor Parson said. "This summer, we engaged stakeholders, representatives, and senators. We went to them, met them where they were, and formulated a concrete path ahead. Today, on the successful conclusion of our special session, we are proud to sign two historical pieces of legislation into law." SBs 3 & 5 reduces Missourians' income tax liability by making several changes to income tax laws in the state of Missouri, including: Reducing the top individual income tax rate from 5.2 to 4.95 percent, resulting in the majority of taxpaying Missourians seeing an approximately five percent decrease in their tax liability;  Eliminating the bottom income tax bracket, allowing Missourians to earn their first $1000 tax free; Allowing an additional .15 percent top income tax rate reduction to 4.8 percent when net general revenues increase by $175 million; Eliminating income taxes for individuals making less than $13,000 a year and couples making less than $26,000; and Allowing three additional .1 percent top income tax rate reductions in future years when net general revenue increases by $200 million, adjusted for inflation. Due to additional rate reductions and revenue triggers, once fully realized, SBs 3 & 5 will reduce the top income tax rate in Missouri to 4.5 percent. For more information on SBs 3 & 5, click here.  "Every Missourian can support sending less of their money to the government, and we trust Missourians to make decisions with their own money," Governor Parson said. "Throughout my career, I've committed to exploring every opportunity to reduce Missourians' tax burden, and thanks to our strong financial position and balanced approach, the time is now. This historic tax cut means more money for Missourians to spend, invest, and save. It means economic growth, business expansions, and good-paying jobs for Missourians both today and tomorrow." Governor Parson also signed HB 3 into law, which includes the extension and creation of several agriculture tax credit programs intended to help develop key areas of Missouri's agricultural industry, the state's top economic driver. The sunset for each program is for a minimum of six years. HB 3 includes: Extending the expiration of the meat processing facility investment tax credit; Creating a tax credit program for Missouri retail dealers of higher ethanol blend fuels; Creating a tax credit program for Missouri retail dealers of biodiesel; Creating a tax credit program for Missouri biodiesel producers; Creating a tax credit program for establishing or improving urban farming operations; Extending the expiration of the Rolling Stock Tax Credit program; Extending the expiration of the Agricultural Product Utilization Contributor Tax Credit; Extending the expiration of the New Generation Cooperative Incentive Tax Credit; Extending the Wood Energy Tax Credit program; Exempting utility vehicles for agriculture use from state and local sales and use taxes; Creating the Specialty Agricultural Crops Act; and Amending the Family Farms Act to modify the definition of small farmer. "These wins will help further develop Missouri’s agriculture industry, create opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and ag-businesses, and help ensure Missouri agriculture remains not only our state’s top economic driver but that its spirit and tradition continues to live on in the next generations," Governor Parson said. "We thank all of Missouri's agriculture groups for their trust in us to get this done. We appreciate their leadership and commitment in securing a better deal for Missouri's farm and ranch families." For more information on HB 3, click here.  Governor Parson Signs Proclamation to End Elective Abortions in Missouri in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Decision 8766 at Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:17:57 +0000 Governor Parson Signs Proclamation to End Elective Abortions in Missouri in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Decision johnathan.shiflett Fri, 06/24/2022 - 10:17 June 24, 2022 Jefferson City Today, in response to the United States Supreme Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Governor Mike Parson signed a proclamation giving legal effect to Section 188.017 RSMo and activating the "Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act." "Nothing in the text, history, or tradition of the United States Constitution gave un-elected federal judges authority to regulate abortion. We are happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has corrected this error and returned power to the people and the states to make these decisions," Governor Parson said. "With Roe v. Wade overturned and statutory triggers provided in HB 126, we are issuing this proclamation to restore our state authority to regulate abortion and protect life. Thanks to decades of conservative leaders, Missouri has become one of the most pro-life states in the nation, and our Administration has always fought for the life of every unborn child. Today, our efforts have produced what generations of Missourians have worked and prayed for: Today, we have won our fight to protect innocent life," Governor Parson continued. Governor Parson's proclamation notifies the Missouri Revisor of Statutes of the effective date of Section 188.017 RSMo. Section 188.017, or the "Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act," includes several provisions: Prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless there is a medical emergency; Creates criminal liability for any person who knowingly performs or induces a non-medical emergency abortion and subjects his or her professional license to suspension; and Protects any woman who receives an illegal abortion from being prosecuted in violation of the Act.  The "Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act" was included in HB 126 and contingent upon the U.S. Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade in whole or in part. Governor Parson signed HB 126 in 2019.  Governor Parson's Administration is coordinating with the Missouri Attorney General to quickly resolve any litigation against HB 126 before the Courts that is currently preventing implementation of the law. To view the proclamation, click here.  Missouri Selected as Planned Location for New Beef Processing Facility Resulting in More Than 1,300 New Jobs and $1 Billion in Economic Impact 7811 at Tue, 16 Nov 2021 11:26:34 +0000 Missouri Selected as Planned Location for New Beef Processing Facility Resulting in More Than 1,300 New Jobs and $1 Billion in Economic Impact johnathan.shiflett Tue, 11/16/2021 - 11:26 November 16, 2021 Jefferson City Warren County has been selected by American Foods Group (AFG) as the planned location for a new state-of-the-art beef processing facility, pending final approval. Once established, the facility would create more than 1,300 new jobs and generate $1 billion in economic impact in the state of Missouri.  “Missouri is able to compete for projects of this magnitude because of our strong agriculture community and business-friendly economy,” said Governor Mike Parson. “As a third-generation farmer and cattleman myself, I know how beneficial having a company like American Foods Group in Warren County will be for Missouri's farmers and consumers. We are excited that Missouri is the planned location and remain committed to supporting the company as this project continues to develop in our state.” AFG would potentially invest $450 million in the Warren County region, generating increased tax revenues for Missouri schools and other tax-supported services in the region. With an expected annual payroll of more than $80 million, at a wage above the Warren County average, this project would support quality livelihoods and boost consumer spending at Missouri businesses.  The Greater Warren County Economic Development Council (GWCEDC), Missouri Partnership, Greater St. Louis, Inc., and Warren County began working with AFG in Spring 2021 as the company evaluated locations in multiple states. Warren County and the state of Missouri will consider potential partnership strategies that will help facilitate AFG's investment in Missouri. That process is expected to be complete in Spring 2022. “We are looking forward to welcoming American Foods Group to Missouri,” said Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn. “We appreciate their commitment to agriculture and their interest in Warren County. This project would offer an important additional market for our producers and add value to Missouri farms and ranches. All sectors of agriculture will benefit from this important addition to our state.” “We have been impressed by Warren County and the potential opportunity to become a part of that community,” said AFG Executive Vice President Jim Rathke. “The process will take some time, but we feel very good about what we have seen in Warren County, Missouri.” “This is an extremely exciting and impactful project for Warren County and the entire state,” said Subash Alias, Chief Executive Officer of Missouri Partnership. “Warren County and our partners in Missouri worked hard to compete with other states for this signature project. Missouri is known for its strengths in agtech and food solutions, and when you combine that with our central location and competitive edge, it makes our state very appealing to leading companies like American Foods Group.” “American Foods Group is a phenomenal, family-owned, U.S.-based company that is highly respected throughout the animal industry and in the communities where they live and work,” said Warren County Presiding Commissioner Joe Gildehaus. “The company is committed to being a good neighbor. We want to thank the Greater Warren County Economic Development Council for leading this exciting project on our behalf. We will also continue working with Greater St. Louis, Inc., Missouri Partnership, and the Missouri Department of Economic Development as this project moves forward.” “Warren County is excited about the potential for American Foods Group to expand into our area,” said GWCEDC Chairman Gregg Klinginsmith. “Economic development is a priority for our community, and it is exciting to see what we can achieve when we work collaboratively for that purpose. Attracting food production and value-added agriculture companies supports and bolsters our local farmers. Our area’s strong agricultural heritage has been a priority for GWCEDC.” “This is a great, community-focused company that would create more than 1,300 new jobs for our region at a wage above the Warren County average,” said Steve Etcher, Business Development Director for GWCEDC. “The company would potentially invest $450 million in our region, increasing our county’s property tax revenue, which will provide significant funding for our school district and other tax-supported entities. We expect a total positive economic impact of approximately $1 billion for our region, and an annual payroll of more than $80 million to support our local businesses.” ”The beef industry is a huge part of Missouri’s economy and locating a processing facility in Warren County makes perfect sense,” said Mike Deering, Executive Vice President of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. “Bringing processing this close to cattle production reduces the costs and energy needed, and it is good for Missouri cattle producers and consumers.” “The STL 2030 Jobs Plan specifically highlights the critical role the region plays in global agriculture, noting that 50% of U.S. crops and livestock are produced within 500 miles of the greater metropolitan St. Louis area. This investment in good-paying jobs in Warren County directly advances priorities outlined in the plan and further demonstrates our global agricultural leadership,” said Jason Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “We will continue to work with partners in Warren County, Governor Parson and his team, and everyone involved to support the company and make this opportunity a success.”