By Cameron Gerber
KIRKSVILLE – Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday outlined his plans for a restructuring of the state government during an event held in Kirksville. Parson’s statements echo and expand upon comments made during his State of the State address in January.
Parson has made it his mission to increase efficiency and productivity via a fundamental restructure. He has already made headway on his goals, making changes to the Department of Economic Development as well as to Higher Education.
Parson’s concerns stem from Missouri’s reported lag in economic growth. “We must do a better job clearly identifying expectations and priorities and ensure our agencies are structured in the best ways to meet the goals,” said Parson during his presentation.
Parson has made strides to move agencies around, like moving workforce development operations to join with those of education.
His administration has thus far encouraged trade education and cooperation between schools and local businesses in readying the next generation of the Missouri workforce. He has shown great support for apprenticeships as well as secondary education.
More changes and restructuring expected to follow. Parson is currently in his first legislative session as governor.