Governor Greitens’ second State of State Address was, of course, immediately overshadowed by the news of his 2015 affair and potential blackmail of a former mistress. However, the question must be asked, what was overshadowed?
Greitens failed to address so many issues important to Missouri during the address. Greitens said not one word about Missouri’s health care crisis, the opioid crisis, nothing to address sexual harassment in Missouri’s Capitol. Nothing was discussed by Greitens regarding the ethics scandals that have dogged him throughout his gubernatorial tenure (even before the news of the 2015 affair). Although Greatens ran on ethics reform, his only mention of ethics whatsoever was to call for a ban on legislators receiving gifts from lobbyists. Finally, nothing was mentioned about Missouri’s failing prison system, education system or its failing highways.
So, what did Greitens talk about? Taxes. When the federal government tax cuts (tax sham) are set to cut millions of dollars in revenue for Missouri, Greitens touted his plans for the “boldest state tax reform in America.” While short on specifics, Greitens said he wanted lower taxes on businesses and individuals. Problematically, the proposed tax cuts will even further reduce revenue so desperately needed by Missouri to meet its $27 Billion budget. Greitens’ tax cut will severely slash funding for important agencies in Missouri that help the most marginalized in Missouri.
Other than taxes, Greitens made a passing reference to “strategic investments” in Missouri schools and he cheered himself for doing away with one and three regulations to somehow increase the number of jobs in Missouri. He also offered some platitudes to support law enforcement and veterans.
Greitens’ State of the State revealed a governor who has accomplished little for the people of Missouri, who has few plans to accomplish more for the people of Missouri and is on track to further reduce Missouri’s revenue to help fix the many issues plaguing Missouri. When will there be good news?