Parson announces additional budget reductions due to COVID-19


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Education spending in Missouri will see significant cuts as the state addresses the budget shortfall due to the coronavirus crisis.

Unemployment in Missouri rose from 3.9 to 9.7 percent in April, Governor Mike Parson said.

State government has withheld $220 million in spending from the budget. The governor said the state will withhold another $209 million by the end of June, which will affect the following departments: Office of Administration, Corrections, Health and Senior Services, Social Services, Division of Workforce Development, Higher Education, and Elementary & Secondary Education.

All educational institutions will share in the shortfall, DESE Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven said.

At present, Missouri has recorded 13,327 cases of SARS-CoV-2 and 775 subsequent deaths. That’s a mortality rate of 5.82 percent.

Not all cases and deaths recorded since yesterday have occurred in the last 24 hours.

More than 199,000 Missourians have been tested for COVID-19. Approximately 93 percent have tested negative.

As of June 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 1,787,680 cases of COVID-19 and 104,396 deaths across all 50 states and 6 U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions, for a national mortality rate of 5.84 percent.

Parson also addressed protests taking place across the country. He activated the Missouri National Guard to assist local authorities during the time of protests.

The governor said he supports protestors calling for justice and peace. He also said there’s an element that’s seized on the peaceful demonstrations to commit violent acts. He said that those acts are endangering lives, destroying communities, and could drown out the voices of those seeking change. 

“The path we’re going right now is not a win for anyone,” he said. 

Parson and other governors were on a phone call with President Trump on Monday. He said President Trump called on governors to take more action against those who are behind the violence. 

“He wasn’t talking about protesters that were law abiding protesters,” said Parson. 

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