On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson gave his 2019 State of the State Address, where he reiterated a focus on workforce development and infrastructure. Parson touched on challenges facing Missouri such as transportation funding, telemedicine technology, combatting the opioid crisis and preparing Missourians for a stronger workforce through several funding initiatives including
- $22 million toward a scholarship program called Fast Track, which will allow Missourians to receive training in high-demand areas from our community colleges, technical schools and universities.
- $10 million toward a new fund known as Missouri One State, a program that will increase and consolidate the Missouri Works program aimed at assisting new and existing businesses with upgrading their workers’ skills.
- $16 million will go towards the MOExcels program, focused on expanding employer-driven education training programs and initiatives to increase career readiness.
Following the State of the State, the Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Summary was released. In his budget, Parson recommends that UM System core appropriations remain flat, while designating $2 million to address deferred maintenance and $1 million for the Translational Precision Medicine Complex (TPMC) as a line item.
For more information on the Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Summary, please click here: https://oa.mo.gov/budget-planning/budget-information/2020-budget-information/fiscal-year-2020-executive-budget
Committee assignments were announced this week and we expect to see action on legislation beginning early next week.