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Parson makes ‘Listening Tour’ stop at Missouri Western

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Newly appointed Gov. Mike Parson was in St. Joseph on Tuesday to discuss issues with local leaders.The governor launched a nine-city “Listening Tour” on Tuesday and was in the Hall of Fame room at Spratt Stadium on Missouri Western State University’s campus that afternoon after first stopping in Springfield, Branson and Carthage.In a press release, Parson said the tour is a way to understand the concerns of Missourians across the state.

“In order to govern effectively and to begin the process of moving our state forward, it is important to take the time to listen and understand different types of challenges that face our communities,” Parson said.During the meeting, Parson said that he wants to first focus on Missouri’s infrastructure.“We have got to start thinking about taking care of our own things when it comes to highways, to bridges, to ports, to our airports,” Parson said. “Those are all things that are going to make a difference on how successful Missouri is in the future.”He also said he would be a strong supporter of businesses, including agriculture-related business, which he said is the biggest economy in the state.He also said he has been meeting with government leaders in commerce and agriculture in order to see what needs to be done.The meeting consisted of community leaders. University officials were there as well as St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray, former Mayor Bill Falkner, City Manager Bruce Woody and member as the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Education.State legislators also were in attendance, including Sen. Rob Schaaf, and Reps. Delus Johnson and Galen Higdon.Those in attendance had the opportunity to bring up issues and ask questions.One hot topic was the issue of education.Parson said he would like to …



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