Gov. Mike Parson plans to focus on developing jobs, funding infrastructure improvements and overhauling expensive state programs in 2019, he told St. Louis Public Radio.
In a wide-ranging interview with the radio station, Parson said he wants to improve workforce development, which starts with youth. The state has to take a role in early childhood development, he said. “If you really want to change society for a lot of people, then it’s going to be with the kids side of it,” he said.
Funding could from an increase in cigarette taxes and the recent U.S. Supreme Court approval of online retailers collecting sales taxes, he said.
Parson also said transportation projects are a priority, despite voters’ rejection of a gas tax increase in November. A right-to-work law isn’t a priority, though.
Read more: St. Louis Public Radio