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Parson Delivers State of the State Address

Governor Mike Parson delivered the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

The governor recapped 2020 and then focused on his 2021 priorities: education and workforce development; infrastructure; stronger communities; health care; and government reform.

“Time and time again, our administration has addressed the challenges of our communities and our state head on rather than leaving them for another day, another administration, or another generation,” Governor Parson said.  “It is important that we continue to follow through on key investments in workforce development and infrastructure. We must also continue finding ways to strengthen public safety, improve health care, and make state government more accountable.” 

He concluded his speech by quoting President Teddy Roosevelt regarding the “Man in the Arena” to honor Missourians who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in the last year.

“It is an honor to stand shoulder to shoulder with Missourians in the arena,” Governor Parson said. “Those who have lifted one another up, pushed one another to be better, and have remained devoted to a cause greater than themselves in the face of critics who will never know the strength it takes to endure these challenging times.” 

Here is the text of the Governor’s address:


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