Parson calls special legislative session to address STEM education, treatment courts

Gov. Mike Parson announced plans to call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly from Sept. 10-14 to address STEM education and access to treatment courts. Parson vetoed bills related to both issues earlier this year. The special session is intended to allow lawmakers to pass legislation more narrowly focused on these two issues. The governor stated he wants lawmakers to pass legislation establishing “an online program to educate students about STEM careers.” Passing this legislation during a special session would allow the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to implement it for the next school year. “When I addressed the General Assembly nearly three months ago, I pledged that I would change the tone and work with the legislature,” Parson said in the release. “This call is a step in delivering that promise. These two issues were a part of the General Assembly’s historic session as they passed a number of their priorities. By working together to

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Consumer spending rises strongly

U.S. consumer spending increased in July. This points to strong economic growth. The Commerce Department said consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, rose 0.4 percent last month. READ MORE HERE

U.S. consumer confidence rises to 18-year high

Americans’ consumer confidence rose in August to the highest level in nearly 18 years as their assessment of current conditions improved further and their expectations about the future rebounded. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 133.4 in August, up from a reading 127.9 in July. It was the highest reading since confidence stood at 135.8 in October 2000. The economy grew at a 4.1 percent rate in the April-June quarter. READ MORE HERE

Missouri rural broadband providers awarded $254 million in FCC subsidies

The Federal Communications Commission awarded $1.5 billion in subsidies to bring broadband to rural areas. Missouri gets $254 million of these funds, the largest amount of any state. Missouri currently ranks 42nd in the nation in broadband availability. The money is expected to bring broadband to more than 95,000 households and businesses. “Nearly half of rural Missourians do not have access to high-speed broadband internet and that is a problem,” said Congressman Sam Graves, of the 6th District of Missouri. “Being connected to highspeed broadband will improve our communities in North Missouri by giving us better access to educational resources, telehealth services, precision agriculture, and additional opportunities for economic development.  I have been a proud supporter of the FCC’s Connect America Fund and continually worked to ensure they target areas that need the resources most.” Click here for the full release from Congressman Sam Graves.  

Trump says China wants trade deal, but it’s ‘not the right time’

On Monday, President Trump stated that it was “not the right time” for a trade deal with China. “We’re working very much with other countries. China is one. They want to talk. It’s just not the right time to talk right now, to be honest, with China,” Trump was quoted as saying in the Washington Examiner. “It’s too one-sided for too many years for too many decades, and so it’s not the right time to talk,” he added. “But eventually, I’m sure that we will be able to work out a deal with China. In the meantime we’re doing very well with China.” READ MORE HERE