JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Mike Parson’s tenure as Missouri’s governor has hit the 100 day mark with a deeds that symbolize a new era in politics in the Show-Me State.
During his first hundred days, Parson has made more than 60 appointments to boards and commissions, named then-Sen. Mike Kehoe as Lieutenant Governor, led the state’s drought relief efforts, and signed and vetoed legislation.
Parson made his first Cabinet appointment on August 27, 2018. Sandra Karsten, who had previously served as Colonel for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was named Director of Public Safety.
Parson has traveled to all 34 state Senate districts across the state, focusing on two key priorities: Workforce development and Infrastructure.
“In order to move Missouri forward, we must get these two issues right,” said Parson. “Business, community, and local leaders across Missouri all agree that we need to rethink how we train our workforce and address our infrastructure needs. Our next generation is counting on us to ensure they have better opportunities to succeed.”
Part of the focus on workforce development includes ensuring that Missouri students and workers are given the skills and tools to be successful. Parson noted that the jobs of the future will be high technology and high skill positions.
“Our schools play an important role in preparing our students to enter the workforce. In order to compete on a national level, we must push ourselves to do better,” Parson said.
The other area that Parson has focused on during his statewide tour is addressing Missouri’s infrastructure needs. Missouri has the seventh largest highway system in the nation, and ranks 46th in revenue per mile.
He called need to address the state’s roads and bridges, “long overdue” saying that now is the “time to take action.”
“Our roads, bridges, airports, railways, and river ports are our outlets to expand Missouri business, generate future growth, and expand to new emerging markets across the globe,” Parson said.
Parson worked to bridge the urban and rural divide by bringing state, local, and business leaders together to tackle Missouri’s shared challenges. The Governor has spent the first 100 days meeting with leaders across the aisle, both rural and urban leaders, to better understand the issues facing our communities.
“Cooperation and collaboration are the keys to bridging this gap,” Governor Parson said. “For all of Missouri to succeed, we need to be united.”
Another deed that sets marks the new era of leadership is his work with the state legislature. Parson has had meetings with lawmakers and worked with sponsors of bills to work out his concerns. He vetoed two measures from the regular session had he felt had some red flags, and has called a special session to focus on those bills.