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Gov. Mike Parson addresses a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly after taking office in June. | Annika Merrilees/Missouri Business Alert

Parson touts infrastructure plan, wants end to economic development ‘border war’



Gov. Mike Parson doesn’t plan to implement another tax hike to pay for infrastructure improvements outlined in his State of the State address, he told KCUR’s Up to Date

The Republican governor plans to borrow $350 million for bridge repairs, but some state lawmakers have not warmed to the proposal. 

Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said it’s a bold plan and is “worthy of discussion.”

The repairs would affect mostly rural areas, but Parson said urban areas would benefit, as well. 

Parson also discussed his proposal to devote $22 million to skills training for workers above 25 years old. 

The governor also emphasized that he wants the longstanding economic “border war” between Missouri and Kansas to end. 

Read more: KCUR.

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