Governor Mike Parson delivered the annual State of the State address Wednesday afternoon. The governor highlighted achievements of his administration and future policy goals in the next four years. Parson endorsed policy measures, including a bill that gives Missouri businesses protection from coronavirus liability. Parson applauded the efforts of Missouri businesses, schools, health care providers, and other entities during the pandemic.

In his speech, Parson emphasized the resiliency of his administration and Missouri. He says the state has persevered through difficult challenges before.

 

Parson also endorsed establishing a sales tax on online businesses that makes it easier for small businesses to compete. The governor highlighted the resiliency of his administration and Missouri, citing expanded coronavirus testing and economic recovery. Parson’s speech was moved from the House chamber to the Senate because of a large number of COVID-19 cases among lawmakers.