tv Missouri State of the State CSPAN January 12, 2018 12:34pm-1:12pm EST
>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the governor of the great state of missouri, eric greitens. [applause] gov. greitens: thank you. thank you. thank you all. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. gov. greitens: thank you, lieutenant governor parsons, speaker richardson, and members of the missouri house, president richard, and members of the missouri senate, chief justice fisher and justices of the supreme court, state officials,
members of the cabinet, our first lady and my wife, sheena greitens. [applause] gov. greitens: we have many honored guests here tonight. one who is particularly special to me, my kindergarten teacher and richardson, who is here with richardson, who is here with us tonight. [applause] gov. greitens: thank you. i was in mrs. richardson's kindergarten class at mckelvey elementary, home of the dragons, and it was there that i first heard the story of a boy from the town of diamond, missouri.
he was born over a century ago and was born a slave. when he was a baby, he and his mother were kidnapped. he never saw his mother again, but by god's grace, he found a loving home and a new family that raised him as their own. now, at the time, no school in town would admit a black student. so his parents taught him how to read and write. when he was older, there was a school about 10 miles down the road that opened its doors to him. he worked hard and did well. so well, in fact, that he was admitted to an agricultural college. this was a tough time for american farmers. their land was losing its richness and no one could figure out a fix.
the young man from diamond invented new ways to grow crops. he traveled the country fixing farms, sometimes one by one, helping rural communities grow strong and feed more people. by some reports, he is the man who saved american agriculture. when george washington carver was born, he was considered by many to be property on a plantation. he became an american hero. a friend of presidents. [applause] gov. greitens: he was a counselor to everyone from the secretary of agriculture to mahatma gandhi. his face was on a postage stamp and his name on a navy submarine.
he was and he remains one of us. a missourian. and his story is our story. [applause] gov. greitens: george washington carver passed away 75 years ago this month. as we begin our work in this time and place, we should celebrate his life. we should remember where he started and how far he went. because we missourians know that the contributions that have counted most have often come from people who were, at one time, counted out. [applause] gov. greitens: i was sent here. i was sent here and i believe that many of you were sent here
not to work for the connected or comfortable, but for those who have felt counted out or forgotten. they are strong and proud and pull,they may not have power, or privilege, they do have enormous potential. to those missourians, i have a simple message. we have been and we will fight for you every single day. [applause] gov. greitens: we promised we would fight for your jobs and we are. the most important thing we can do for missouri families is make it easier for those without jobs to find them. and make sure that those who have jobs keep them. over the past year, we have devoted the energy and attention of our office to putting missourians back to work.
and here are the results. today, missouri has the lowest unemployment rate it has had in 17 years. [applause] gov. greitens: since last march, we have outpaced the nation in job growth and in the past year, missouri moved up nine spots in the rankings of the best states in the country to do business. [applause] gov. greitens: there are more manufacturing jobs in our state than there were one year ago. we are putting a steel mill in missouri and we are competing for other steel mills in other places around the state. [applause] gov. greitens: we are bringing good, quality jobs back to missouri. now, we have not fixed in one year what was broken over the course of many decades.
many missourians still struggle. we have a lot of work to do. but tonight, we can say there are more jobs in missouri than ever before. people are going back to work and we are moving missouri in a new and better direction. [applause] gov. greitens: now, some of the people who need us most, who are counting on us, are the children in the missouri foster care system. all 13,000 of them. we live in a compassionate state and there are thousands of loving families in missouri who have opened their homes and hearts to foster children. in fact, some foster and adoptive families are with us in the balconies this evening. please join me in recognizing them. [applause]
gov. greitens: a year ago, a year ago, if a child in foster care needed a copy of their own birth certificate to apply for a driver's license or get a job, they had to pay for it out of their own pockets. today, we can proudly say that they can get that birth certificate without having to give the government their money. a year ago, a child entering our foster care system might not have known their rights. now, this is an issue that many of you have cared about for a
and you have worked on for a long time. i was proud to join you to sign into law a foster care bill of rights. [applause] gov. greitens: and last month, missouri officially joined the national electronic interstate compact enterprise to make adoption easier across state lines. i want to give a special thank you for her hard work on this issue, to the first lady of the state of missouri and my wife, eitens.gr [applause] gov. greitens: now, our team has been working with members of this body on 20 legislative initiatives to help children in need.
now some of these initiatives will help reform and improve missouri's adoption system so we can get children into safe, stable, and loving homes faster. another would help children get access to bank accounts so they can save their money. together, these 20 legislative initiatives will make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children of the state of missouri. as many of you know, before i joined the military, i worked with children in some of the world's most difficult places. i worked with children who had lost their homes, kids who had lost limbs to landmines, and children who had lost their parents to violence. damagerk taught me the done to children too often leads people to look at them as only damaged children. people see their problems and
their pain but miss the courage. they see their scars, they do not see their strength. every child in the missouri foster care system has seen more than their fair share of hardship. we need to see in them their god-given potential and we need to do everything in our power to help fulfill it. [applause] gov. greitens: tonight, i want to ask the members of this body to do something straightforward. put politics on hold. set any differences you might have with one another or with me to the side. these are children. these are kids. there are 13,000 of them. we must love them and care for them as if they were our own
because in law and spirit, they are. so tonight, let's join together and pledge to get this work done for the kids who need us most. [applause] gov. greitens: one of the most important things we can do for those kids and for their families and families throughout missouri is to continue to bring more good jobs back to our state. for missouri to prosper, we need to get government off our backs. when we came into office, we looked at the burden of regulations and red tape on our farms, ranches, businesses, homes, and communities.
we have almost 112,000 regulatory requirements on the books. adding up to more than 7 million words in total. -- here is how bad things have gotten in missouri. since 2002, regulatory requirements in our state grew at a faster rate than the regulations imposed on us by bureaucrats and washington, d.c. -- in washington, d.c. in missouri, the regulations forced some small businesses to install and pay for the landline phone, even if they did not want it or did not use it. the government requires you to a trade. it could be done online on your own time, but because of outdated regulations, you have to go to a meeting set up with the government to do it. regulations like these waste money and time and are outdated and irrelevant. they have been building up for
too long. like plaque in the arteries of missouri's economy. these regulations cost us money. they raise the prices of the things we buy, they slow down our mills, farms, factories, and shops. they make government more bloated and more burdensome. because of this, we launched the most aggressive, ambitious, throw act to roll back unnecessary -- throw act to roll ourough act to roll back unnecessary regulations in the united states. we are taking nearly one out of every regulatory crier mints -- regulatory requirements in the state of missouri. that is 33,000 regulatory requirements off of the books for good.
[applause] gov. greitens: missouri has become a leader. in fact, other states have modeled their regulatory reforms on what we are doing to increase liberty and prosperity to the -- in the state of missouri. my team and i will continue to eliminate regulations that are unproductive and unnecessary by executive action, and when we need legislation to roll back regulations, we will work with you. but there is more we need to do to grow jobs in our state. some of these we have talked about before. making sure we have the right laws on the books. to be fair to family businesses, making strategic investments in
education, infrastructure, and workforce development. yet one of the best investments we can make in missouri is also one of the most straightforward. cut taxes and put money back into the pockets of the people of missouri. [applause] gov. greitens: last year we faced a choice. we could cut spending or raise taxes. i am proud to say that we cut spending and we did not raise taxes on the citizens of missouri a single nickel. [applause] gov. greitens: early next week, my team and i will lay out a detailed, thoughtful, and thorough plan to cut
taxes on the hardest working families in our state. [applause] gov. greitens: it is the boldest state tax reform in america and with your help, we will lower taxes for working families and make it easier for businesses to come to missouri and create jobs. and we will do it in a way that is fiscally sound, maintain the state's aaa credit rating, and does not burden our children. in 2018, i want this body to cut taxes for the people of missouri and to cut taxes for businesses that create jobs. let's get it done together. [applause] gov. greitens: today, i am proud to tell you that we continue to shrink the size of government. in fact, today the government in the state of missouri is the
smallest it has been in two decades. [applause] gov. greitens: at the same time, we have been improving top -- how government serves our citizens. to do this, we brought in a team of outsiders with a clear mission. the most effective government at the lowest possible cost. the department of natural resources, we discovered a backlog. 2000 permit applications that had been submitted by businesses. the backlog was decades-old and in just the last year, the department sliced it in half. [applause] gov. greitens: they actually found a permit that a company applied for in 1997. well, i am happy to report to you tonight that it has been approved. [applause]
gov. greitens: not only that, they got all this done while cutting the department's size and spending less money, and even with a smaller and leaner department, they still managed to make sure that missourians have the safest drinking water they have had in almost 20 years. [applause] gov. greitens: this type of change is happening across governments. four planes the government did not need, and we sold them off. it saved taxpayers almost $40,000 a year in maintenance, money the government was paying for planes that nobody was using. we found 30 cars the government didn't need, and we are getting rid of them. overwill save missourians half $1 million. every year, the government and soft thousands of pages of paper for its annual budget, and for
many a year, those books sat on shelves, unopened and collecting dust. this year, we are putting the budget online and saving over $300,000 in printing costs. [applause] gov. greitens: we pay attention to dollars and we pay attention to cents because we remember that every dollar the government spends was earned by a hard-working missourian. this is the people's money. [applause] gov. greitens: for us to save dollars and serve citizens, we need to reform state workforce laws that are decades-old. today, government cannot move people to where they will help the most, cannot reward people for good work, and, unlike a business, cannot it rid of poor performers fail our citizens and
fail our colleagues. we need your help to build common sense government. speaking of common sense, our task force did a full audit of the boards and commissions in missouri's government. they were in bad shape. for example, missouri has six child abuse and neglect review boards. these boards do important work to protect children. four of the six of them were not able to hear cases because they didn't have enough members to meet. we fixed this. now they are able to get to work to protect our children. to serve citizens well, government needs to do fewer things and do them better. for years, people have complained that missouri government is chock-full of redundant, unnecessary, and wasteful boards and commissions. sort task force -- so our task -- so our task force did a
board byeview, board, commission by commission, we recommended the elimination of several regulations. i urge this body to pass that bill. [applause] gov. greitens: that is how we make government smaller and better. we must also make sure that our public servants serve in the public's interest. we need to slam shut the revolving door between legislature and lobbyists, and we need to pass term limits for every statewide office holder. [applause] gov. greitens: in my first action as governor, i signed an executive order banning lobbyists. from lobbyistss to state employees in the executive branch. a bill that would have done the
same thing in the legislature passed in the house last year. thank you to speaker richardson and others who voted for it last year and also who took action on it this year. [applause] gov. greitens: last year the bill stalled in the senate. this year, both bodies need to get together and pass the ban on gifts from lobbyists and -- to the legislature. in the meantime, i have a simple request. i call on every member of the legislature to join me in a pledge to not accept any gifts from lobbyists. [applause] gov. greitens: we promised the people of missouri that we would support our law enforcement officers and first responders, and that is what we have done. there is an officer who, tonight , will step into the cold to keep missouri safe. the wife of one police officer told our team there when he
cannotfor the night, she be sure that he is home safe until she hears the velcro of his body armor being taken off. this is what our law enforcement families experience every day. last year, some of them gave their lives in the line of duty. others were wounded. last month, i visited the bedside of officer ryan o'connor. after a criminal had shot him in the back of the head. the day we went to visit him, he was lying in a hospital bed a few feet away. 17-year-oldnnor's aiden, told me that like his grandfather and father, he wanted to be a police officer. [applause]
gov. greitens: aiden, we want you and young people across the state of missouri to know that serving your community as a police officer is a proud and noble profession, and that we are proud of you. we are proud of you. [applause] gov. greitens: last year, last year, working together with this body, we passed and signed into law blue alert legislation to help bring to justice and strengthen penalties for anyone who attacks or injures a law enforcement officer. this year we need to pass legislation that protects the health, safety, and well-being of our firefighters, police officers, and first responders. [applause]
gov. greitens: some of these issues we talked about before. one issue i want to raise tonight is the harassment of police officers. today in missouri, people can -- radicals can file they can do this in secret and it can affect the credit of the police officers and their families, costing them thousands of dollars. it is harassment. on behalf of law enforcement and officers throughout our state, i ask this body to pass a clean version of legislation that protects them from this type of harassment. [applause] in a gov. greitens: tonight, i want to let the police officers of this state know, your governor, your fellow citizens and the vast majority of your elective representatives, we
have your back. [applause] gov. greitens: we are working to build the finest national guard in the country. i am proud to say that we were able to add 800 national guard jobs this past year. we want missouri to be the best state in the country for veterans and military families. we have members of the armed forces who get orders to come to missouri, to serve in places like therefore space and leonard
today, what makes it difficult for them is if their spouse's license to work in another state, missouri might not recognize them. that means if your spouse has a career in dentistry and your family is moved, they may not be able to work in missouri. that needs to change. we need to grant full reciprocity of licenses to military members, veterans, and their spouses. [applause] gov. greitens: there is more. right now in missouri, small business owner who declares that he or she wants to hire veterans can be sued. that to write. right. is
if you say you prefer to hire veterans, you could face a lawsuit. and that is wrong. this legislature needs to pass the bill allowing employers to establish a veterans hiring preference. most states in the country have done this and it is time for missouri to do the same. [applause] gov. greitens: i had the honor of visiting with the men and women of missouri's national guard when they were serving overseas. the men and women from the first battalion of 138th infantry regiment are home now, and i want all of you who are here today to say to them, welcome home, we are proud of you. [applause]
gov. greitens: we are proud of you guys. we promised the people of missouri that we would fight for them. we have and we will. we promised we would do different. we have and we will. we promised the people of missouri that we would fight for the least among us, the forgotten. we have and we will. tonight, we can look back with pride and look forward with confidence. we have come far in one year. we have a long way to go. the state of our state today reflects what the state of our people has always been. missouri is strong and she is
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i have heard about them trying to deduct, that is not going to work. it is beyond reason to think that tax regulations would allow that to happen. >> i us to retake the house. is suchthe environment that the american people are looking for some stability, they are looking for some focus on the issues they care about in terms of jobs, education, and health care, the environment. in terms of our national security -- they view democrats as being able to provide some stability to our catch -- country and a proper check and balance in our system when we see a president who has trouble creating stability within the white house. interview c-span's
with paul ryan tonight and on sunday at 10:00 a.m. eastern. this week, the supreme court oral arguments over voting rights in the case of john hustedthat -- john randolphhilip institute. you can watch the court's upcoming schedule of arguments at www.c-span.org/courts. video, youe court can watch all the oral arguments on air. virginia governor terry issued his final state of the commonwealth address