Against the backdrop of tight financial times, Gov. Eric Greitens delivered his first State of the State address Tuesday night, a rundown of GOP-led reforms he says will bring more jobs and business to Missouri.
Greitens, a Republican, bucked political tradition in his address by not releasing a budget proposal, pledging to reveal his plan to overcome an estimated $456 million state revenue gap next month.
The former nonprofit leader and Navy SEAL, who ran in November as a political outsider, promised to curtail lobbyist freebies; support a constitutional amendment to apply term limits to statewide officials; and bolster penalties for anyone who attacks a law enforcement officer.
His biggest theme, though, was injecting a major shift into the state’s strategy for attracting businesses and jobs. Many of the proposals have been Republican priorities for years, including so-called “right-to-work” legislation.
Greitens has an almost unprecedented opportunity to get his agenda passed – if his Republican counterparts in the legislature agree with him. Never before has a GOP governor come into office with so many Republicans in the General Assembly.