Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Parson’s budget proposal would close half of housing units within Missouri women’s prison

The women’s prison in northeast Missouri’s Vandalia could have about half of its housing units permanently closed. Trevor Foley, with the state Department of Corrections, says Governor Mike Parson’s new state budget proposal would make the change. Gov. Parson’s proposed $34.1 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning in July includes about $802 million for […]

Sales Tax

Audio: Missouri could soon require online retail businesses from out-of-state to pay state sales tax

Missouri could soon require online retail businesses from out-of-state to pay state sales tax. State Senator Andrew Koenig, a Republican from eastern Missouri’s Manchester, is sponsoring a so-called Wayfair bill. He tells Missourinet his goal is to make the state’s businesses more competitive.     Koenig says his bill could bring in roughly 80 to […]

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Audio: Great Northwest Day at the Capitol was a virtual event in 2021, featuring Governor Parson via Zoom

Governor Mike Parson spoke to the Northwest Missouri delegation virtually on February 2nd during Great Northwest Day. After reviewing his State of the State address, Parson answered questions submitted by delegates and asked by Great Northwest Day Committee Chairperson Annette Weeks. One question involved the plan for the state to help ensure access to affordable […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Parson accuses own members of his party of “insider stunt and petty show of arrogance”

Governor Parson has fired off a three-page letter criticizing House Republican leadership for disrupting his plans to hold last week’s State of the State address in the lower chamber.     Parson, a fellow Republican, said four hours before the start of his speech, the House Leader informed him the address could only be given […]

Medicaid

Audio: Medicaid expansion, COVID and early childhood highlight Missouri State of the State Address

Missouri’s governor is pledging to move forward with Medicaid expansion because voters approved it in August. GOP Governor Mike Parson, who campaigned against Medicaid expansion, emphasized the issue during his State of the State Address.     Medicaid is a federal and state program that assists with medical costs for residents with limited incomes. 53 […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Parson proposes $34.1 billion state operating budget for FY2022

Governor Parson has released today a proposed 34.1 billion dollar state operating budget. The governor announced his fiscal outline today in his annual state of the state address. The plan includes a two-percent pay raise on January 1 for Missouri’s roughly 53,000 state workers. Another 2.9 million dollars would boost pay in the Missouri Department […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri House Budget Committee to take up Medicaid expansion sometime after state of state

The Missouri House Budget Committee will hold its first meeting of 2021 this week in Jefferson City. Brian Hauswirth reports Medicaid expansion discussion won’t happen until after the governor’s State of the State address.     The Missouri House has added a technical session on Friday, which will allow the Budget Committee to meet that […]

Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Mike Parson to outline budget blueprint

Missouri’s governor will release his budget blueprint today (Wednesday) in Jefferson City.     Governor Mike Parson signed a 29-point-seven billion-dollar state operating budget into law last summer, which included a three percent pay raise for state employees. State Budget Director Dan Haug will unveil the Parson administration’s budget blueprint this afternoon, before the State […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Governor Parson visits three Missouri prisons to meet with DOC staff

Governor Mike Parson visited three Missouri prisons on Friday to meet with Department of Corrections staff to continue to focus on restructuring state government and discuss proposed changes designed to improve conditions for corrections workers and boost safety for Missourians. Parson said the efforts to restructure state government are driven by the administration’s “dedication” to […]