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This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of April 8, 2019


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s chief executive had two legislative priorities advance this week, addressed leaders from the Missouri Association of Counties, and spoke at crime victims rights week ceremony.

After numerous hours of debate this week, the Senate came to a compromise on transportation infrastructure funding — one of Gov. Mike Parson’s priorities.

Parson requested a $351 million bond earlier this year to fund the repairs of 250 bridges. The compromised version creates $301 million in bonds to be paid back over seven years, contingent upon the Missouri Department of Transportation receiving a highly competitive federal grant, with $50 million allocated from the general revenue to “jump start” the projects.

“I appreciate the collaborative efforts by the Senate and the House on this shared priority and am encouraged by the important step taken today to get an infrastructure plan on my desk this session,” Parson said in a statement. “While our preference would be for an approach that does not put the fate of long overdue bridge repairs in the hands of Washington D.C., we certainly understand that any proposed plan requires compromise to reach a workable solution.”

Another one of Parson’s priorities, the Missouri One Start program, received initial Senate approval on Thursday, needing one more vote to pass the body.

On Friday, Parson appointed Calea Stovall-Reid as Circuit Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit. She will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Robin Ransom to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

Missouri’s governor kicked off his week speaking to the Missouri Association of Counties.

For Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Parson reiterated his commitment to reducing crime in the state and ensuring the rights of victims are protected.

“In Missouri, we continue to strive to improve how our criminal justice system treats and supports crime victims,” Parson said in a statement.

Parson had declared April 7-13 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in the state. The theme for Wednesday’s event was “Honoring our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.”