Governor Parson to present State of the State Address

6 days 7 hours 17 minutes ago Wednesday, January 15 2020 Jan 15, 2020 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:30:00 AM CST January 15, 2020 in Top Stories
By: Isabella Ledonne, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson will give the 2020 Missouri State of the State Address on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

This is Parson's second State of the State Address while in office. It is an opportunity for the governor to present his priorities and budget to the Missouri General Assembly for the upcoming year. Last year's speech focused on workforce development and infrastructure in the state.

Senate Minority Whip Kip Kendrick commented on what might be said during the address.

"I would assume there will be conversation around workforce development," Kendrick said. "We'll discuss how much progress we've made in the past year and what we can continue to do in the upcoming year."

One priority for Kendrick and the Democratic Party is Medicaid enrollment in the state. Kendrick explained that enrollment numbers were low, especially the amount of children enrolled on Medicaid.

"This has been an ongoing issue where children are not enrolled," Kendrick said. "It's unacceptable and it has to be a part of the conversation."

Republican representative of District 047 Chuck Bayse also believe Governor Parson will discuss workforce development and infrastructure. He hopes that the issue of criminal justice will be brought up as well.

Missouri witnessed a large amount of gun violence this past year. Governor Parson met with the mayors of the state's four largest cities to outline a plan to decrease the gun violence.

Bayse commented that he does not believe Parson will address gun control, but rather measures to decrease the amount of gun violence. He said there are measures the state can take, such as increasing support for law enforcement officials.

"Many people know who these individuals are that are committing these crimes," Bayse said. "But it seems that if you try to help law enforcement then you just might be the next victim, it's heartbreaking."

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