Missouri is making giant leaps forward thanks to policies that benefit taxpayers. “Missouri: Best in the Midwest” highlights the efforts and achievements of state policymakers to help Missourians keep more of their paychecks, attract more businesses and boost the overall economy in the Show Me State for years to come.   

Featuring

Mike Parson

Mike Parson

Governor of Missouri

In 2005, Governor Parson became a member of the Missouri House of Representatives for District 133. In 2011 he began serving as a State Senator representing District 28. Parson was elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor before becoming Governor in 2018. Watch featured clip.

Elijah Haahr

Elijah Haahr

Missouri Speaker Of The House (R-Springfield)

Haahr served as a State Representative for District 134 in 2012. In 2019, he became Speaker of the House. Watch featured clip.

Eric Schmitt

Eric Schmitt

Attorney General

Schmitt began as a State Senator for the 15th District in 2008. He was elected as State Treasurer in 2016 and was appointed to the position of Attorney General in 2019. Watch featured clip.

Kim Reynolds

Kim Reynolds

Governor of Iowa

Governor Reynolds first served as State Senator for Iowa District 48 before becoming Lieutenant Governor. She became Governor of Iowa in 2017. Watch featured clip.

Art Laffer

Art Laffer

Economic Policy Advisor

Former advisor to President Reagan on Economic Policy, Dr. Laffer is the inventor of the Laffer Curve and is founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm. Watch featured clip.

Stacy Washington

Stacy Washington

Host, Media Personality

Stacy is an Emmy-nominated media personality and Air Force veteran who currently hosts a nationally syndicated program broadcast daily on Urban Family Talk and American Family Radio. Watch featured clip.

Andrew Koenig

Andrew Koenig

State Senator, 15th District (St. Louis)

Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Koenig served in the House of Representative from 2009 through 2016. Watch featured clip.

Bill Eigel

Bill Eigel

State Senator, 23rd District (St. Charles)

Senator Eigel served in the United States Air Force and was elected to the State Senate in 2016. Watch featured clip.

Todd Richardson

Todd Richardson

Director, Missouri Medicaid Health Care Program Former Speaker of the House

Richardson served as a State Representative for the 152nd District in 2010. In 2015, he was elected Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. Governor Parson appointed Richardson as the Director of the state’s Medicaid health care program starting in 2019. Watch featured clip.

SEGMENT 1 – The Making Of A Tax Monster

Taxing the income of Missourians is an idea that began in 1917. What started as a tax of a half of a percent ballooned to 6% on every dollar earned over $9,000. In 2014, lawmakers stepped up to bring the income tax down.

SEGMENT 2 – The Battle To Save Your Money

Experts agree that income tax suffocates economic growth but reducing the 100-year-old income tax on Missouri citizens was an effort met with significant resistance. Is it possible for a state to tax its way to prosperity?

SEGMENT 3 – Creating Bigger Breaks In 2018

After achieving tax cut victories in 2014, Jefferson City went back to work in 2016 to reduce heavy tax burdens on Missouri businesses.

SEGMENT 4 – Earn More, Keep More

Lowering taxes raises opportunities. Existing businesses can invest and expand, people can do more for themselves and with larger paychecks, Missourians have more to spend and invest.

SEGMENT 5 – Missouri? Missou-RAH!

With a reduction in fees and taxes comes economic freedom. States that offer this kind of freedom will naturally attract more families, talent and new businesses.

SEGMENT 6 – What’s Next For Taxpayers

By following the lead of low-tax states with excellent growth, Missouri is now poised to create a wide range of new opportunities for years to come.

SEGMENT 7 – Vision For Growth

Thanks to tax reform, Missouri is doing better. Governor Mike Parson discusses how he will keep the momentum going to make Missouri the best.

SEGMENT 8 – All Eyes On Us

Noted economist, Dr. Art Laffer, shares his insights on the advantages of competition between states and how that formula for growth can work for the benefit of all Missourians.