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Gov. Parson calls for action on COVID lawsuits, transportation funding, workforce readiness

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During his 2021 State of the State speech, Gov. Mike Parson addressed the big issues that matter most as Missouri’s economy seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic: stopping frivolous lawsuits, investing in our transportation infrastructure and helping Missouri workers attain skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

“Gov. Mike Parson’s priorities for the year match up with what we are hearing from employers across the state. Businesses are ready to reopen and get Missourians back to work. But they need protection from the wave of frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits that are coming in the wake of this pandemic. Right now, Missouri employers are completely exposed to this threat. We urge Missouri lawmakers to heed the governor’s call and make stopping COVID-19 lawsuits the first bill passed this session,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“In addition, we strongly agree with Gov. Parson’s call for legislation that will intensify our state’s work to help students and economically sidelined Missourians attain the skills needed for opportunities that will arise in the post-pandemic economy. Furthermore, we support the governor’s focus on transportation. Missouri can’t afford to wait for action on our crumbling infrastructure. We need immediate solutions to this problem — recognizing that our state’s transportation infrastructure is critical to our recovery. The best investment Missouri can make to bolster our economic recovery is an investment in our infrastructure. Gov. Parson has laid out a strong agenda. The Missouri Chamber is ready to advocate for the employer community on these issues and we will encourage lawmakers to act quickly and help our state recover, rebuild and reimagine Missouri’s economy.”

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