State of State Address: `Reduction in Number of State Employees'
Excerpts from the State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Mel Carnahan Wednesday:
MR. PRESIDENT, Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tem, distinguished state officials, members of the 88th General Assembly and citizens:
I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today.
This year I am proposing new weapons against violent crime.
The Safe Schools initiative I have recently announced will give our schools the force of law and the resources they need to make our schools safer for students who are serious about getting an education.
An even more deplorable situation than being threatened at school is being threatened at home.
This year, I am calling for increased support for domestic violence shelters and other help for domestic violence victims.
I am proposing tough new sentencing and lifetime supervision requirements for sexual predators, who rob their victims of their self-respect.
I am proposing legislation that will allow judges and juries to give life imprisonment to those convicted of child abuse when the result of that abuse is the death of the child.
CHILD HEALTH CARE
I am directing the Missouri Department of Health to implement a plan that will make it easier for all families to have their children immunized.
The plan sets a goal of having 90 percent of the 2-year-olds in Missouri fully immunized by September 1997.
And I am calling for legislation requiring that all health insurance plans that provide coverage to children include childhood immunizations without requiring the family to pay deductibles or co-payments.
This budget provides funds for more foster care placements for abused and neglected children.
And it provides additional residential placements for severely disturbed children and respite support for families shouldering the care of mentally ill children. EDUCATION
This year we will achieve full funding of the new more equitable school foundation formula.
My budget includes a $20 million investment to help schools acquire computers and new information technologies.
My budget gives increased support to Missouri's community colleges.
And my budget provides increases in ongoing support for our public four-year colleges and universities and added one-time dollars for significant capital improvements. …