Governor Mike Parson Backs Infrastructure, Possible Gas Tax Increase
Touting transparency, Parson embarked on a multi-city tour of Missouri in the state plane vs. the private flights of his predecessor. Parson visited Springfield, Branson, Carthage, St. Joseph and Kansas City. On Wednesday, he went to Columbia, Gordonville, Sikeston, and St. Louis.
Parson spoke with Missouri leaders about infrastructure and workforce and economic development, including a 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase. He also wants to focus on the urban and rural divide in the state, challenging Kansas City Mayor James to visit rural Missouri in exchange for another Kansas City visit focusing on crime, schools and housing. Parson’s presentation to local area leaders was well-received.
Lingering Legal Bills
Thursday, the Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman announced Missouri would not pay former Governor Greitens’ legal bills totaling $180,000. She stated the primary beneficiary of the lawyers' work was Greitens individually rather than governor's office itself. Democrat Auditor Nicole Galloway and Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley reportedly agree with the decision. However, both teams of lawyers disagree with the decision and intend to pursue payment from the state government. Greitens was represented by the Graves Garrett law firm of Kansas City and the Connecticut-based Shipman & Goodwin law firm.