JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri-  Governor Eric Greitens says the state budget presentation will be made in Nixa at school that serves children with special challenges. His mother was an early childhood teacher of students with disabilities.

“On Thursday, we’ll roll out our budget. But we aren’t going to do it in Jefferson City. We’re holding our budget address in Nixa, in a public school facility that serves children with special needs.

Our state’s budget affects real people. And we take that responsibility seriously. It’s our job to decide how to distribute the money that comes in, and the truth is, less money is coming in. More and more of it is automatically put towards things like insider tax credits and costly health care spending.

Even as the state is asked to do more with less, our budget protects our top priorities: more jobs, higher pay, safer streets, and better schools.

This address in Nixa is a reminder of who we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for the kids in towns and cities across our state who don’t have a lobbyist. Children with special needs, whose parents need jobs to provide for them. Families that need to know that the men and women of law enforcement have the tools and training to protect them. That’s who we’re fighting for every day, ” the governor said in a Facebook post today.

 

During Greitens’ State of the State address, he also addressed the issue of special needs students , focusing on creating educational savings accounts:

“We also need to make sure that every child in Missouri, especially those kids with special needs, get a fair shot at the American Dream. I will work with you to implement Education Savings Accounts for children with special needs.”

He says Arizona was the first state in the country to try these accounts, and he claims  the program has been a success. “Parents are much happier with their children’s educations, and children are able to get the kind of education that meets their needs,” Greitens added.

“Special needs families know their children best. And it is time we gave control back to those parents, to select the best possible education for their children.”