Gov. Eric Greitens is touting his efforts to shrink the size of state government in both large and small ways.
During his State of the State address Wednesday night, Greitens said his administration was removing one out of every three regulatory requirements in Missouri.
He also touted the sale of four state airplanes and 30 cars to save several hundred thousand dollars. And he said he would save about $3,600 in printing costs by instead putting the state budget online.
Despite such cost saving measures, Missouri's total state budget has continued to grow to more than $27 billion in the current year.
Greitens full address:
In response to the address, Missouri Democrats say Greitens has failed to follow through on his campaign pledge to clean up state government.
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty delivered the Democratic response Wednesday night to Greitens' State of the State address.
She said Greitens' administration "has been stained by ethical failings, disdain for the law and a complete lack of transparency" during his first year in office. She noted, among other things, that Greitens benefits from a "dark money" committee that doesn't have to reveal its donors.
Full Democratic response:
Greitens called on lawmakers to ban lobbyist gifts.
But some senators have been reluctant to do so without also shedding more light on his secret donations.
Greitens' pledge for a bold tax cut is drawing a mixed reaction among Missouri lawmakers who will be crafting the state budget.
Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson said the House "has a strong desire to work on tax reform."
But Rep. Justin Alferman, the Republican vice chairman of the House budget committee, said he was surprised by how aggressive of a tax cut the governor appears to be seeking.
Democratic Sen. Jill Schupp said she is concerned that the state can't afford it.
Missouri recently reduced its revenue projections for the current year.
"We are moving Missouri in a new and better direction." @EricGreitens says after he touts the state's lowest unemployment rate in nearly 20 years. #moleg— Caroline Sweeney (@CarolineKCTV5) January 11, 2018
"Every child in the Missouri foster care system has seen their fair share of hardship." @EricGreitens says. Asking #MOLEG to put politicos aside to help 13K foster kids in the state. "In law and in spirit they are (our own.)"— Caroline Sweeney (@CarolineKCTV5) January 11, 2018
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