January 26, 2024 Less than a minute read

Missouri Chamber supports Gov. Parson’s top priorities

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivered his final State of the State address this week, with many of his top priorities aligning with the goals of the business community as outlined by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“The governor’s words echoed what we have been hearing from business leaders throughout the state,” said Kara Corches, Missouri Chamber vice president of governmental affairs. “Employers care about addressing child care shortages, putting more people to work, investing in infrastructure, enhancing public safety and maximizing Missouri’s position as a leader in technology manufacturing through semiconductor and critical minerals development.”

Governor Parson also delivered his 2025 fiscal year budget proposal, calling for caution from the legislature. The proposed spending would leave $1.5 billion on the bottom line for the next administration.

“It is important to continue to make strategic investments in our state,” Corches said. “Examples are the child care tax credits that will increase the capacity of our state’s child care network and help businesses recruit and retain workers. We also need to work to maintain and upgrade our valuable infrastructure assets and secure our position as a logistics hub.”

“But it is equally vital to maintain our state’s strong overall financial position. We know the economy runs in cycles; we must make smart investments now to be as prepared as possible for when the next downturn occurs.”

The press release from the governor’s office includes details on specific proposals and accomplishments cited by the governor during his six years in office.


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