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Missouri Governor – Mass Vaccination Sites Statewide
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Missouri Governor – Mass Vaccination Sites Statewide

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Today during a briefing at the State Capitol, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced that the Missouri National Guard will begin assisting the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and other state partners in establishing COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state. A mass vaccination team will be assigned to each of Missouri's nine Highway Patrol regions. "The Missouri National Guard is once again answering the call to help Missourians in time of need," said Governor Parson.  "The purpose of these vaccination teams is to support our existing vaccinators and provide an additional vaccination source for eligible Missourians that may otherwise have a hard time receiving a vaccine." The Missouri National Guard is providing teams of Soldiers an...
Missouri Begins Physician Certification Process – Medical Marijuana
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Missouri Begins Physician Certification Process – Medical Marijuana

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) The Section for Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulation at the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is pleased to announce that it has begun rolling out a new function in its online system for patient registration that will allow physicians to submit patient certifications electronically.  Today, the Medical Marijuana program began reaching out to physicians to explain the upcoming changes and to offer training on the new capabilities of the online system. The first step in this implementation is to introduce a process for physicians to create accounts to submit these certifications.  This added feature offers a secure account for physicians, whose identities will be verified by the Department at the time of account creation.  The physician’s good ...
Missouri Governor Releases Nearly $127 Million in FY 2021 Funds
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Missouri Governor Releases Nearly $127 Million in FY 2021 Funds

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the release of $126,921,606 in previously restricted Fiscal Year 2021 funds, including $117,460,583 in general revenue. "Thanks to our Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, we continue to outpace our economic recovery forecast, which is why were are able to release these funds today," Governor Parson said.  "This is great news for our overall state and economy, and we will continue to evaluate our budget and spending as we move forward into the new year." Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the state restricted approximately $449 million in FY21 spending to ensure a balanced budget and the necessary funds to combat the virus moving forward.  At the time these budget decisions were made, Missouri’s unemploym...
Missouri Governor Announced $68 Million – Federal Funding
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Missouri Governor Announced $68 Million – Federal Funding

$68 Million in Federal Budget Stabilization Funds Appropriated for Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Projects at Missouri Public Universities Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) ?Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced over $68 million in Federal Budget Stabilization Fund appropriations for infrastructure and capital improvement projects at Missouri's public universities and State Technical College of Missouri. Releasing these funds will help address major repairs and restore campus buildings to maintain a safe environment. “Public universities play a major role in their local communities, serving a variety of needs in addition to their traditional academic roles,” said Governor Parson.  “This has never been more clear than the COVID-19 crisis when higher education institu...
Missouri Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 21-01
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Missouri Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 21-01

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) ? Thursday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-01, which amends Executive Order 05-06 and terminates Executive Orders 03-11 and 02-05. "Since the beginning of my administration, we have looked for new ways to improve the efficiency of state government and eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy," Governor Parson.  "Executive Order 21-01 terminates past Executive Orders that are no longer needed and modernizes electronic usage in correctional facilities to meet the technological needs of today while still maintaining common sense restrictions." Executive Order 21-01 amends Executive Order 05-06 to increase the content available on offender media players given that all departmental censorship requirements are satisfied and officer safety and...
Missouri Governor Parson Appoints Various Positions
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Missouri Governor Parson Appoints Various Positions

Names Acting Director of Division of Professional Registration Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Today, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced five appointments to various boards and commissions and filled seven county office vacancies.  Governor Parson also named the new Acting Director of the Division of Professional Registration. Samuel Adams, of Ferguson, was appointed to the State Board of Mediation. Mr. Adams has served as business representative and organizer for the St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council since 2017.  Mr. Adams has more than 15 years of experience as a union carpenter, serving as job steward, foreman, and general foreman.  He completed the St. Louis Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship Program and holds a certification from the United States Department of L...
Missouri Auditor – taxpayers bearing incarceration costs of prisoners
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Missouri Auditor – taxpayers bearing incarceration costs of prisoners

Low rates, delayed payments resulted in counties paying approximately $41 million in incarceration costs last year Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released an audit of the County Reimbursement Program, which reimburses county governments for certain costs for housing and transporting state prisoners.  The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections.  The audit found that a combination of delayed reimbursements due to lack of state funding and increasing incarceration costs has resulted in the necessity for counties to rely on local resources. "Local taxpayers are left footing the bill because the state has not been keeping up its end of the deal and the cost of incarcerating state prisoners is increasing," Auditor Gallowa...
Missouri Auditor Galloway issues report on use of highway funds
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Missouri Auditor Galloway issues report on use of highway funds

Missouri State Highway Patrol in compliance with state law Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of the use of highway funds by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a division of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.  The audit, required by state law, includes a review of the Highway Patrol's management of its appropriations from the State Highways and Transportation Fund. During fiscal year 2020, which ended on June 30, the Missouri State Highway Patrol spent approximately $205 million from the fund.  The audit found the Highway Patrol to be in compliance with legal provisions related to the use of the highway funds. Use of the State Highways and Transportation Fund by the Highway Patrol is limited by the Missouri Constitution ...
Missouri Governor Signs Executive Order 20-21
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Missouri Governor Signs Executive Order 20-21

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) ? Today, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-21 continuing the Missouri Justice Reinvestment Executive Oversight Council through December 31, 2023. “The Missouri Justice Reinvestment Executive Oversight Council plays an important role in meeting justice reinvestment goals and advising the Governor’s Office on implementation of the Missouri Justice Reinvestment Act,” Governor Parson said.  “Executive Order 20-21 will allow the Council to continue its work in fostering sustainability of all justice reinvestment efforts.” The Missouri Justice Reinvestment Executive Oversight Council was established by Executive Order in October 2018 and is set to expire on December 31, 2020. Executive Order 20-21 continues and modifies the Council mem...
Missouri Completes 100th Bridge in Focus on Bridges Program
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Missouri Completes 100th Bridge in Focus on Bridges Program

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) In just over one year, 100 of Missouri's poorest bridges have been replaced or rehabilitated through Governor Mike Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” program. Today, the program's 100th bridge opened in Livingston County on Route 190 over the Thompson River.  This is the 21st bridge completed in the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) Northwest District.  The program’s first bridge opened on December 20, 2019, in Iron County in MoDOT’s Southeast District where 23 bridges have now been completed. “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we launched the Focus on Bridges program.  This was a major priority for our administration, and we are proud of MoDOT for continuing to move these critical projects forward during one of the most challenging time...
Missouri Governor Announced Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines to State
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Missouri Governor Announced Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines to State

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Sunday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced that the first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Missouri.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday, December 11, confirming its safety and effectiveness. “Today is an exciting day for Missouri as we have received the first of many shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine.  We have been preparing for many months and will soon begin administering vaccines according to our COVID-19 vaccine plan,” Governor Parson said.  “We appreciate the tireless work of our scientists, health care workers, state and private partners, and everyone who has helped get us to this point.  It is truly remarkable how far we'v...
Missouri Auditor Issues Report on Clay County Collector
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Missouri Auditor Issues Report on Clay County Collector

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released an audit of the Clay County Collector's office.  The report, which gave an overall rating of "good," is the fourth released as part of an ongoing audit of Clay County that was initiated through a citizen petition.  Previously released audits of the County Clerk, Recorder and Public Administrator gave the same rating. One finding concerned tax sale services, which were provided by an outside vendor in connection with the County Collector's annual sale of properties with delinquent property taxes.  The audit found the Collector did not properly procure tax sale services, always ensure invoiced amounts for those services were appropriate prior to payment, or maintain adequate supporting documentation for di...
Missouri Auditor Releases 2020 Property Tax Rates Review
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Missouri Auditor Releases 2020 Property Tax Rates Review

Report outlines local property tax rates, changes in tax rate ceilings Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released her office's annual review of local property tax rates.  The State Auditor's Office reviews rates to determine whether the rates are compliant with state law and to monitor rate adjustments to ensure revenue neutrality, as required by law.  The office does not make recommendations on property tax rates or increases. The report provides property tax rates reported to the State Auditor's Office for local government entities, such as cities, counties, and school and fire districts. In 2020, staff reviewed 4,840 property tax rates of 2,802 taxing authorities.  This is the sixth year in a row that no taxing authorities levied a tax rate t...
Missouri Auditor Releases Reports on Municipalities and Special District Financial Information
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Missouri Auditor Releases Reports on Municipalities and Special District Financial Information

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway recently issued monthly reports detailing the compliance of municipalities and other political subdivisions with financial reporting laws. One report includes cities, towns and villages while the other lists political subdivisions such as water, fire protection and other taxing districts.  These entities are required to file annual financial reports with the State Auditor's Office within six months of the end of their fiscal year. A total of 22 municipalities and 89 taxing districts were required to file by October 31 because their fiscal year ended on April 30.  Of those entities, 95 filed financial reports timely. This report also includes information on 48 municipalities and nine taxing districts that submitte...
Missouri Creates Partners to Learn More About COVID-19 in K12 Schools
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Missouri Creates Partners to Learn More About COVID-19 in K12 Schools

CDC Partners to Arrive in Springfield and St. Louis This Weekend Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Today, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partners will arrive in the Springfield and St. Louis areas this weekend to assist local schools and public health officials in reviewing current public health measures and support efforts to provide a safe school environment. “From the beginning, we have stressed the importance of keeping our students in school not only for their education but also for their safety, health, and well-being,” Governor Parson said. “Schools that consistently implement mitigation strategies remain among the safest places for students, which is why we have continually encouraged schools to put these strategies i...
Missouri Governor Appoints Joshua Tomlin as Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney
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Missouri Governor Appoints Joshua Tomlin as Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News)  Today, Missouri Governor Mike Parson appointed Joshua Tomlin as the Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney. Mr. Tomlin has served as the Interim Prosecuting Attorney for Pemiscot County since the Honorable Jereme Lytle resigned the office of Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney.  Mr. Tomlin holds a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and a Juris Doctor form Mississippi College School of Law.
Missouri Governor – Partnership with Health Care Services Expand Statewide Hospital Capacity
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Missouri Governor – Partnership with Health Care Services Expand Statewide Hospital Capacity

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News)  As hospitals across Missouri continue to face staffing challenges due to COVID-19, Missouri Governor Mike Parson today announced a 12-week partnership with Vizient, the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, to bring in additional staff and further expand statewide hospital capacity. “Since the start of COVID-19, we have continually monitored Missouri’s statewide health care system and focused on supporting our hospitals and health care workers as much as possible,” Governor Parson said.  “Staffing continues to be one of the biggest challenges right now, and we are currently doing everything we can at the state level to assist.” “Other states like Arizona have worked with Vizient through the COVID-19 crisis, so we are hopeful that...
Peer review gives Missouri Auditor’s office highest rating possible for the second time
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Peer review gives Missouri Auditor’s office highest rating possible for the second time

Independent review confirms State Auditor's Office's continued compliance with professional standards Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today announced that her office received the highest rating possible during a routine review by the National State Auditors Association (NSAA).  This is the second time the office has received this distinction under her leadership.  The NSAA reviews are done every three years; the previous peer review was completed in 2017. "An independent review is a valuable tool to ensure we continue to meet the high standards Missourians expect from my office.  I am proud of the great work we do and appreciate this recognition of our professionalism by auditors from across the country," Auditor Galloway said.  "My dedicated team w...