Mike Parson on Jobs



Investing $3M to expand apprenticeship opportunities

We are investing $3 million dollars in Apprenticeship Missouri to expand apprenticeship opportunities with a focus on IT, public health, education, and public safety, among others. These programs are a great way for Missourians to learn a new skill and earn a good-paying job?right out of high school. Thanks to this program, we are happy to report that we were able to achieve our goal of creating 20,000 new apprenticeships THREE years ahead of schedule.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Missouri legislature , Jan 18, 2023

Cutting off federal unemployment benefits the right call

And when we had an all time high of 385,000 individuals on unemployment, we knew we had to take action and solve this problem. Missouri was one of the first in the nation to cutoff federal unemployment benefits.and today, only 21,000 are drawing benefits. This was the right call and the right thing to do.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Missouri legislature , Jan 19, 2022

Expand programs to link high school graduates with jobs

I am calling for the expansion of Career Ready 101 to all 57 existing career centers around the state. This program also helps students prepare for the WorkKeys Assessment, a program recognized by hundreds of Missouri employers. Our goal is to offer 12,000 new high school students the opportunity to receive the WorkKeys certification and by the end of my term, I want to see all 114 Missouri counties become certified work ready communities.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Michigan legislature , Jan 27, 2021

Backs right to work laws

Q: Support "right- to-work" laws, eliminating unions' ability to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Mike Parson: Yes. As governor, backed "right-to-work" ballot measure. When it failed, had his staff explore feasibility of similar county-level laws.

Nicole Galloway: No. By rejecting "right-to-work" legislation at the ballot box, Missouri has proved labor "is a force to be reckoned with." "I'll always have the back of" working people.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Missouri Gubernatorial race , Nov 3, 2020

Does not support raising minimum wage "at this time"

Q: Support raising state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023?

Mike Parson: No. Did not support Proposition B and says he does not support raising minimum wage "at this time." [Prop B would raise the minimum wage to $8.60/hour now, and phase in increases to $12/hour in 2023].

Nicole Galloway: Yes. Supported Proposition B, which will raise state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. "Every worker deserves a living wage."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Missouri Gubernatorial race , Nov 3, 2020

Fast Track: scholarships for technical training

Governor Parson announced $22 million towards a new scholarship program called Fast Track, which will allow Missourians to receive training in high-demand areas largely taught at our community colleges, technical schools, colleges, and universities. The Governor also announced $10 million towards a new fund known as Missouri One Start, which is an increase and consolidation of the Missouri Works program, aimed at assisting new and existing businesses with upgrading their workers' skills to build out their workforce needs. Further, he announced $16 million for the creation of Missouri Excels, a program for Missouri Higher Education Institutions to develop and expand employer-driven education, training programs, and initiatives to increase career readiness.
Source: Press release on 2019 Missouri State of the State address , Jan 16, 2019

Low unemployment rate now, but new skills needed to move up

Parson sat down with a KSHB-41 Action News reporter to talk about issues that matter to people living in the "Show Me" state.

On Jobs: Parson: "We have the lowest unemployment rate that Missouri has seen in a couple decades. Interesting fact is on a federal level, food stamps recipients are down 2.2 million and that is a good sign. Now all we need them to do is to have the skills to move up in the workforce, to get that quality job and stand on their own two feet."

Source: KSHB Kansas City 41 on 2018 Missouri Gubernatorial race , Jul 3, 2018

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
vs. Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
vs. State Rep.Mike Ramone (R)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
vs. Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
vs. Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
vs. Tanner Smith (R, lost June 4 primary)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Dale Folwell (R, lost March 5 primary)
vs. Michael Morgan (D, lost March 5 primary)
vs. Andy Wells (R,withdrew)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R, retiring)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
vs. U.S.Rep.Kelly Armstrong (R)
vs. State Sen.Merrill Piepkorn (D)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
vs. Minority Leader Brian King (D)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R)
vs. Selectman Peter Duval (D)
vs. Commissioner Esther Charlestin (D)
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
vs. U.S.Rep.Dave Reichert (R)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R, lost May 14 primary)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R, lost May 14 primary)
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