Missouri’s Senate leader is pleased with Monday’s smooth inauguration at the Statehouse in Jefferson City. Under the Missouri Constitution, Governor Mike Parson needed to be sworn-in at high noon. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (pronounced like shots) notes the ceremonies were quick, and they had to break for about ten minutes to wait for the noon bells at nearby St. Peter Catholic Church:


Schatz praises the governor’s message of unity. One of Pro Tem Schatz’s top priorities is raising Missouri’s gasoline tax by two cents per year, over five years. Missouri’s 17-cent gas tax has remained the same since 1996, and state transportation officials have been dipping into reserves for federal matching funds.