This Week is the Governor’s Office: Week of Oct. 22, 2018

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s 57th Governor had a full week that he kicked off by announcing the new chief of the state’s Medicaid program and included meeting signing into law a bill passed during a special legislative session and meeting with the Jobs for American Graduates (JAG) board.

On Monday, House Speaker Todd Richardson was named as the new director of MO HealthNet effective November 1, 2018, by Gov. Mike Parson. The position has lacked a permanent head since the departure of Dr. Joe Parks on December 31, 2016.

Richardson to head MO HealthNet

Parson also visited Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis in his continued advocacy for workforce development — which was a common theme throughout the week.


The JAG Missouri Board, which Parson sits on along with Teresa Parson, met in the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday. JAG is a program that the Parsons have been heavily involved with during Parson’s tenure in the lieutenant governor’s office.

He also recognized the staff at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for their hard work.

Wednesday, saw the governor traveling to the Kansas City region of the state where he recognized the investment global companies have made in the state.

Governor Parson signs proclamation supporting international investment

On Thursday, Parson signed the drug treatment court legislation that was passed during a special session.

Parson signs treatment court legislation into law

Looking for a location to Trick or Treat in Missouri’s Capital City? The Parsons are opening up the Governor’s Mansion for that very occasion.

Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at alisha@themissouritimes.com.