tv Missouri Gov. Parson News Conference on Coronavirus and George Floyd... CSPAN June 2, 2020 4:50am-5:35am EDT
personal experience with contracting covid-19. joining us for that, dr. dara from the emergency medical division. evangelical voter support for president and campaign 2020 with faith and freedom coalition founder and chair. also maryland democratic congressman jamie raskin on federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. watch washington journal live at 7:00 eastern this morning and be sure to join the discussion all morning with your phone calls, facebook comments, text messages and tweets. parsonouri governor mike spoke about the nationwide protest over the death of george floyd at a news conference in jefferson city. he talked about the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. response to the coronavirus pandemic. this is 40 minutes. gov. parson: good afternoon. first let me say we're deeply
troubled by the tragic death of george floyd here in most. there were many deaths that took place in missouriened across the nation over the weekend. what happened to him was very wrong. and it is fill -- it has filled americans everywhere with sadness, grief, and anger. we're also saddened by the acts of violence that have transpired across our state and our nation in response to this event. citizens have every right to peacefully assemble and protest. and we support those who are calling for justice and peace. however, an element that seized on these peaceful demonstrations to commit violence acts and endanger the lives of citizens and bring destruction to our communities. this violence not only threatens public safety, it drowns out the voices of the peaceful
demonstrators calling for justice and working to improve our nation. on saturday, i signed an executive order activating the missouri national guard to assist local authorities at their request. at this time we are taking a proactive approach to protect the people of this state. the national guard and highway patrol stand ready to assist if needed. and i want to thank our law enforcement officers across missouri for their efforts this weekend to maintain order and peace. we support peaceful protesters and we are committed to protecting the lawful exercise of these rights. but violence and destruction will never be the answer. it does not help us achieve justice or peace. instead, it terrorizes innocent
have ever experienced before. we are now expecting significant revenue the clines. -- declines. some may be larger than those in the great recession. just to put things in perspective, missouri saw a decline of over 300,000 jobs between march and april alone. a decline of over 10%. hasunemployment rate, which been a near historic low for months in my administration, in april.3.9 to 9.7% we could have never imagined that this is where we would be today. but we have had to face the reality of the situation and make some extremely difficult decisions regarding our state budget. withheld overy
$220 million due to budget concerns. in addition to these restrictions, we will be restricting another $209 million by the end of june. the office of administration, the department of corrections, the department of health and senior services. the department of social services, the department of higher education and workforce development. and the department of elementary and secondary education. restrictions,of over $41 million in revenue will be held from the department of higher education and workforce development. over $131 million will be restricted for dessie including
123 million dollars from the foundation formula. fully funded, the foundation formula is over $3.5 billion. in order to make it as fair as possible, i have weighed the hold harmless statute. of this statute means hold harmless district or not with just exempt from these holdings. agenciescation including charter schools will share the proportionate in this budget shortfall. a strongways been supporter of education. these are extremely difficult decisions. during my legislative career, i have constantly, consistently voted to fully fund education budgets. as governor i have proposed
budgets that fully funded ,ducation and before covid-19 one of our priorities for this year was to start looking at ways to increase teacher pay. as difficult as these decisions are, we are experiencing the unprecedented economic downturn, which means we are having to make unprecedented adjustments to our budget. we have had numerous conversations with the state board of education, superintendents, and administrators to keep them as informed as possible throughout the covid-19 crisis. and it is important to make these decisions now so school districts can adjust for next year's school year. nowintent is to withhold and avoid withholds once schools begin. in the short term we will be $187 milliondize
in federal funds distributed as title i dollars to help a majority of our school district. today, the commissioner is here to talk more about these and i'll let her talk about that and explain it to you. thank you governor parson. good afternoon. while news about budget restrictions is never easy to hear, leadership of governor parson and his team who have worked thoughtfully through this process and efforts to help educators prepare for tight budgets and tough decisions. the likes of which many missouri school leaders have yet to experience in their careers. with the timing of these budget shortfalls, the majority of today's reductions will be reflected in our june payment to schools. which is our final payment of this fiscal year.
at the full funding level, our department of elementary and secondary education would have distributed about $315 million to missouri schools in june. with these restrictions, our june payment to schools will be reduced to $193 million, a 39% decrease for the month. while schools are facing over $131 million in budget restrictions this month, there is some relief coming. missouri schools are set to receive, as the governor just mentioned, $187 million through the cares act and the elementary and secondary school emergency relief fund. nearly half of missouri's districts and charter schools have applied for these funds, and as of today nearly 100 districts and charters have received about $16 million of those funds. our team continues to distribute these dollars as quickly as we
can, knowing how important this supplemental funding is during these uncertain times. now while these dollars are distributed like title i funds, they do not have the same kinds of restrictions. instead school leaders have great flexibility with these funds and can use those dollars for any covid related expenses dating back to march 13. there's a wide range of allowable uses of these funds. they can be used to reimburse schools for costs incurred for things like technology and hot spots needed for remote teaching and learning. delivering meals and schoolwork to our students' homes. and even to pay staff members. we have guidance and a list of frequently asked questions on our cares act page. we are embarking upon historic
budget shortfalls, and we remain hopeful that they are temporary as our economy begins to recover. to our missouri families, we will continue to educate our children. the cost of not doing so is too great. the impact of these cuts may look different in each school across our state, and services may need to be adjusted, but we will educate and care for our children. to our missouri school teachers and leaders, yes, our jobs continue to get harder. as i have said in each of these briefings throughout this pandemic, you have inspired me and so many around you. prior to this pandemic, we were discussing the need to elevate the teaching profession. fast forward through these past couple of months, and i doubt that there are many people who do not recognize the importance of good teachers and leaders. our communities continue to
count on you in so many ways. and to our business and community partners, we look forward to working with you in rebuilding our economy, and we know how crucial a skilled and educated work force is in that effort. it is imperative that we continue to improve lives through education. our society depends upon it. on. our society depends upon it. so thank you governor parson and every education stake holder in missouri. we are all in this together and e thank you. gov. parson: margie, thank you very much. one of the things, zombings ra will be up here to talk from the higher education side of it. one of the things that i thought was so important once we realized what we were going to have to do is share that with the commission, with the educators around the state work the higher ed community. the one thing i learned a long time ago, you're much better off being upfront, telling people the truth and make sure they
know how to prepare for it instead of walking in here and say, we are making cuts and they find out about it at a press briefing. we have to prepare for these things, that's why we wanted to make sure they were aware this was coming and make sure they could make those preparations. zora, do you want to talk on the higher education side of it? >> good afternoon, i'm zora mulligan, i lead the missouri department of higher education and work force development. the expenditure restrictions will constitute a significant hardship for colleges and universities around the state. the amount restricted today equates to the june payment that institutions would have receive and it's 100% of the june payment. amount significant after restrictions announced earlier in the year. it will have a challenging impact on our institutions. it represents a tremendous test for the leaders of our institutions around the state. it is likely impact student services and the students'
experience as well as that of faculty and staff. the impact of these tests will loo -- cuts will look different on different campuses arn the state it's hard to make judgments about how they'll affect students and institutions but one thing that will be uniform is an unflagging commitment to the principle that education changes lives and that it's our job as educators in the higher education space to make sure that continues to be available to the students we serve. we've been very excited to partner with several other state departments throughout state governments to begin to develop a set of -- set of strategies to help citizens become economically resilient. higher session a very, very important part of that that's true whether you're thinking about a short-term certificate you can earn with support of of federal job training funds, or an associates -- associate's degree or bachelor's degree you can earn during fast track. there are lots of opportunities to grow during these times though it's a time of
unparalleled challenge. we have been working to hard to work with missourians about the importance of standing with us. we hear about gap years. my advice to any student or family out there is make a plan and stick wit. if your plan looks different than it did this time last year, continuing to invest in yourself through higher session one that pays off in the long term. we also have been working very closely with the governor's office and others throughout state government to help understand the ways that federal funds can help mitigate some of the difficulties that are represented in the state budget discussed today. so when we look at ways that the coronavirus relief fund might be able to support schools an their ability to open safely and effectively in the fall or how the governor's education emergency relief fund can serve a similar purpose i'm grateful to the governor and his team for being open to those conferrings because while we all understand the difficult situation we're in with general revenue we also understand how important it will be to be thoughtful in how we apply other funds that are
available. so i'll be happy -- i'm happy to see everybody, i think there are closing remarks and if you have questions for me i'm happy to answer them at the end. thank you. gov. parson: both the commissioner will be here to answer questions if you have here and dr. williams is also here to answer any questions you might have on the covid-19 or the toasting. one of the things to finish up before i go to the conclusion, one thing that's such a key, why we're so focused on getting the economy back, getting businesses back open, to sema kind of effect it has, to get people -- the quicker we get people become to work and get the economy back we can start adjusting. it's going to take us a while to get there. i believe the recovery will come quicker than maybe some recessions we've been through before but we've got to get people back to work and reopen businesses. even with everything going on around us, covid-19, the economy, civil unrest, we must
keep pushing forward. the state has been through tough times before. and we will get through this by working together for a better future for our families and for future generations. please remember, be safe. e smart. be smart. be responsible. thank you. god bless missouri. god bless the united states of america. kelly? reporter: can you give us a sense on a day-to-day level what the large school districts or even a smaller one might expect from tremendous cuts? people laid off? services for students cut? things like that? >> i wish i could. but it's clear this is ging to impact every district a little bit differently. there are a few things to consider. some districts count on state dollars more heavily than others. cares funds are distributed differently. districts will see those in
other ways. certain districts have fund balances that may vary from district to district. so again, this will rest with local decisions, making those really, really hard decisions. by no means do i want to minimize what a challenge that will be for our school leaders and we thank them for doing it. reporter: thank you. reporter: hi, doctor. m sorry, i didn't quite hear the briefing, but did you say anything about how this is going to -- when talking to education officials, have they indicated, are you keeping trk of how this is going to impact jobs? whether that's teachers or other staff? are you keeping track of that? before today and moving forward? this o not have that at
point in time. every district will have to look at the situation a little differently and we'll be able to tell you that several months from now but not yet. reporter: all right, thanks. some were saying summer school, do you have information as far as how that's looking enrollment wise? >> we've had a couple of districts who have started their summer school. some have elected to postpone summer school. some talked about canceling summer school. some have -- doing face-to-face. some are doing remote learning again. very, very mixed out there enrollments are shifting as we speak. reporter: thank you. any further questions you might have? reporter: i'll ask the same question about summer school enrollment, do you know what it's liking -- looking like statewide? >> i don't have a number
statewide. the numbers are continuing to bounce. students and families make decisions about summer and fall. so i think it's going to be a while before we have the information for most schools enrollment for summer school is closed until later in june. we'll know more and i'll be happy to follow up. reporter: could you please explain how federal funding for higher education and school is going to mitigate some general revenue cuts, if at all? >> higher education generally does not receive funding directly from the federal government but the cares act does contain some provisions that could be used to provide relief to higher education institutions. one option is the governors emergency education relief fund which the governor will use for both k-12 and higher ed. from our perspective, it's the least restrictive pot of money that could be used for challenges higher education institutions are facing. one note i think is worth remembering is that though both
higher education and k-12 institutions receive money through the cares act, half the money that higher education institutions receive had to pass through directly to students and couldn't be used at all for institution purposes. what remains had to be used for restricted purposes that were important in meeting the short-term crisis prevented by the coronavirus but it specifically does -- specifically could not be used for staff there's been a little bit of a challenge at institutions there. another potential way the cares act and the relief fund might help educational institutions is meeting the financial needs received directly by institutions. a lot of the money went for short-term emergencies. hot spots, laptops. this will be a longer opportunity to think about campus infrastructure which is really isn't sufficient for online learning.
and there might be ways in which his funds will support the institutions. eporter: is there funding that it will provide? >> the state has received a significant at of money. higher ed have receive that. unless there's a bailout package which, i don't know anything about which would with specific purpose grants. we want to make sure we meet student's needs during this unprecedented and challenging time. thank you. >> good afternoon, dr. williams, have there been any other cases of covid-19 connect to the lake of the ozark case of the
individual who tested positive that was there? >> not that i'm aware of. reporter: is there any message you have as demonstrations take place and you see people gathering, are there any concerns about spreading covid-19 in those situations? >> there is. again, our mission every day is to protect health and to keep people safe. obviously, covid-19, one thing we've known all along is that you get community transmission when a large group of people get together. and so it makes us very concerned as you see large groups gathering that aren't either social distancing and if they're not social distancing wearing masks. there are lots of ways to keep people safe and during an issue like we have with covid-19 that's another issue that's very important to us. >> hi, dr. williams. so fort letterwood completed match testing and found 50
soldiers or trainees contracted the virus. i'm curious if you're aware of any other bases here in missouri that are going to be doing the same sort of thing or have they? >> i'm unaware of that, if they are doing that. ok. thank you. >> go ahead. >> governor parson, there were protests all over the state this weekend, so what message -- what wider message do you think that the protestors have for you? and is there anything that you hink you could do to further their cause? governor , i -- parson: when we've been up there for groups like better family life things that we're trying to do for the african-american community up there through
education, through job training, some significant resources we've been trying to put in those areas. but look, there are two different things. i want to make sure i get clear before we start going down the road. there are protestors and then there is criminal activity. there are two different things. you know, when you see protestors talking about things and they're together lawfully doing things they should, then -- then i think what their cause is what they represent what they're trying to change, i get it, i understand. i totally do. when it gets dark and you get these people committing criminal acts, i don't have much tolerance for that. reporter: i guess what i'm is asking is what message do you think the protestors are trying to convey? governor parson: equality to blacks americans to say they're being targetted by police. that's the message they're trying to say more than other people. and i think one, you have have to get the information in front
of you to see what's causing that and what adjustments can be made. at the end of the day, that's what they would like to see done. they're getting their point across by doing this. it's unfortunate that people are taking advantage of that situation committing criminal acts for the people who are trying to do it for the right reasons. reporter: can you tell us what guidance you've given law enforcement and capital police and the national guard on when to begin detaining people if things do take a violent turn tonight? governor parson: first of all, i've got all the confidence in general compton and his troops. they're well aware of the situation. they've been through this before, most of them are seasoned veterans. that's their judgment call. again, we've reached out to the mayors over the weekend, the chiefs of police, been in contact with county executives all weekend over the state and different areas making sure we were there to help if they need
ed help. when i said earlier, my remarks, i want to make sure the patrol is ready, we're ready to respond. and it was important for me to get the national guard ready. one that's got experience in the mill tir and one that's been in law enforcement for a long time. you can never be prepared enough for situations of chaos. reporter: governor, crystal kind of touched on my question. but i think it's important to hear from you not only as a governor but former law firm. do you feel there is a systemic problem associated with police and for instance? governor parson: yeah, you know what -- let me just say this, it's a pretty broad question what you're asking there. but let me say this about law enforcement because i don't like pitting one thing against the other. 99% of the law enforcement officers are doing what they're supposed to be doing. is there bad actors out there? yes. there always have been. just like any other profession.
sometimes you'll get people that take advantage of an oath that they should have never took advantage of. but that's up to us to clean it up. and when i say us, i mean law enforcement and i mean public needs to clean up bad actors on that, you know? we need to be able to make sure we're there both partys that would be the african-american community with the law enforcement figure out solutions to this. and you know, we can see it's a troubling time for our country. but you know, i do believe when the right people get at the right table, decisions can be made, changes can be made in this country. and if you look back at our history of this country, that's exactly what happened, exactly what happened. but this is something none of us have ever seen before with the violence that's behind this. and when i want to say organized violence for these criminal activities -- this doesn't have anything to do with protests. >> governor, what would you say to protestors taking to the streets?
what's your message to them? governor parson: if they want to do it in a lawful manner, they're fine to come here. we're going to run business as much as i can normal here is what i'm going to do. i mean, whether it's the coronavirus, whether it's civil unrest, you know, we're going to go to work every day. we're going to go to work and prepare for the state of missouri make sure people are protected. they're going to have every right to protest if they're lawful. reporter: is there any concern that a curfew should be imposed uesday could impact elections? governor parson:, i know some cities have them, some don't. i don't know what adjustments they'll make for tomorrow's elections. i don't know. there's a lot of jurisdictions out there. right no, -- now, i know kansas city, st. louis, some parts of the city have curfews.
i hope it doesn't. hopefully people can get out and they can go vote tomorrow. reporter: missouri has been reporting data on police stops for the past two decades and it continuously shows pretty significant disparities in police pulling over black drivers at a disproportionate rate compared to other drivers. one of the tools that the state government has is to reduce funding for though local municipalities where there are significant problems. so do you want to reduce funding to places where there's particular issues? and if not, what is your plan for after two decades finally reducing the disparities in police stops? >> yeah, think -- i think the reason the data from the attorney general's office, that's what you're talking about? yeah, we have to look at the entire data, where does this
happen versus other agencies across the state. and to give you an example of that, let's say you're in rural missouri where there's not much of an african-american population. you can do two or three car stops and that percentages really change and it's not an accurate indication of what you might be if you're in st. louis or kansas city on a daily basis. you have to look at the population and then you have to look everything into that and where is that happening? but it is a good tool. and something we should all look at to figure out why is that happening? but a lot of moving parts to that just to have a statistical number without knowing all the background to where that is. depends where you're at, whether you're in the city or rural missouri and how that comes out. there's a lot of information on that. >> but do you plan to restrict funding from particular municipalities? and what is your plan to address overall disparitys that are shown in the statewide disparitys? >> yeah, i think it's what you do as governor.
you go to the african-american communities and figure out how you can help and how do you do a long-term fix to something like that. you know, i'm going to go back to what i originally said. if you really want to change society, if you really want to change things, it's not another government program. you're going to have to figure out how do you take the youth of today and prepare them for when they become adults? and that's going to come through education, which you have to make sure everyone has that proper education and that ability to get a job or training to get out of some of the situations you're in today. but you to break the cycle. >> but i'm talking about disparities in police -- sorry, but i don't think you answered my question. >> i'll follow up with what summer said. do you have any tangible programs that you're looking at right now to address what she was talking about? >> disparities and police
pulling over black people more than white people. governor parson: i'm not sure what kind of program you're asking for, what you're wanting. each law enforcement agency has their own funding and counties. i don't know what you're asking when i have a plan for that. if you're saying what is the state going to do -- >> yes. governor parson: on the local level? >> what i had mentioned is the state has the tools and the law to restrict funding to particular agencies if there are major problems -- governor parson: why don't you refer to the funding because i don't understand what funding am i going to with hold from what funding? you asked me the question. i'm asking you. what funding do i have the ability to hold for a city or county? >> the state government has the ability to with hold state funding to local governments if their police departments have massive disparities and arrests.
governor parson: if you're giving them funding. we're not -- what funding are you talking about? that's what i'm trying to ask you. e you talking about victim's money? the prosecutor assistance money? drug courts that we're providing for the citys? what fundings are you talking about? >> i believe included in the 2000 law that started requiring the vehicle stop data. it had mechanisms if those nicipalities had those disparities. i know the state can with hold funding from local governments if there are problem. governor parson: we have to see which cities you're referring to and how that would take effect and who is developing that formula. i'm not if sure how you're artsing all the funding or which
funding you're specifically talking about. i don't know if it's court fines you're talking about. i don't know what funding source you're exactly talking about. >> quick question, governor. were you on the call today with president trump? governor parson: i was. >> he today called governors weak in dealing with these protests-riots. what did you take that to mean? governor parson: first of all, he didn't say that. let's make that correction right off the bat. what he said -- hi wasn't talking about protestors. he was talking about the criminal element of people breaking into businesses is what he was referring to there. i know there's been a lot of hype on there since that took place. that's what he's talking about. he said that people needed to take the action, the resources they need to stop the looting and breaking into private business, stealing, throwing rocks at police officers, shooting people, all this is what he was referring to.
he wasn't talking about law abiding protestors. that's was never what he was saying about that. >> what did you feel about the weak statement? do you feel pretty good? governor parson: i most certainly do. everything he was talking about activating the guard, we've already done. having the highway patrol to assist, we've already done all those things. look, i've got enough experience in my career with the gray hair that i have, you don't start trying to get prepare for the riot after the riot has taken place. when you start seeing things like that happen, you need to prepare in advance. and that's what he was talking about. >> one more question. reporter: governor, you mentioned that great things happen when people come together at a table. so i was wondering are you actively planning any is itdown conversations with members of the african-american throughout the state to discuss -- governor parson: there's no doubt that we'll be talking to the african-american community.
we were talking about the clergy and talking with them over the weekend. both in st. louis and kansas city and different people across the state whatever it was. i mean, early on, i think again we had those out reaches there not knowing it was going to be a civil disturbance but we built up those relationships since i've been governor for this day when you could be able to communicate your message and say, ok, what is it that we need to be doing better? and a lot of things we've learned that i have from governors things that we can do better. and we were headed down that road when it comes to training, bringing healthcare to some of those communities. you know, for me, i've heard a lot of politicians make a lot of political speeches saying i'm going to do this, i'm going to do that. but you know what, i went there, i went on their turf. i tried to make contact with people and say, ok, what is it that you really need and what is it that i can really deliver? that's how we've had a relationship after i started.
after all of this, we'll be meeting with leaders and maybe before, i don't know. but right now, we've got to find a common ground. we have to figure out how do we change the future of this state and to the most part how do we change the future of this country because the path we're going right now is not a win pass for any of us. it's not a 11: 30 a.m. eastern on c-span, the governors of colorado, michigan, and arkansas testified before congress about the coronavirus pandemic. that is followed later in the day by a senate finance hearing. on c-span2, the senate is back at 10:00 a.m. eastern to consider executive nominations, including brian miller to be special inspector general for pandemic recovery, the new position created by the cares
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we called out our national guard and state police, but the rhetoric from the white house is making it worse. i need to say that people are feeling real pain out there, that we've got to have national leadership in calling for calm and making sure they are addressing the legitimate peaceful protestors. that will help us bring order. president trump: well, thank you very much, j.b. i don't like your rhetoric and i watched it during the coronavirus. i think you could have done a much better job, frankly. but that's ok. we don't agree with each other. as far as the -- >> president, with respect to --
>> with respect to officer floyd, i've spoken about it with great compassion. and i think it's a horrible thing that happened. and i've called it out on numerous occasions and numerous speeches. i even spoke about it at our rocket launch. i covered before i covered the rocket. we just sent out a billion dollar rocket and before i spoke about the rocket, after the rocket launch, i spoke about officer -- i spoke as to what happened with respect to mr. floyd. i thought it was a disgrace. i thought what happened was a disgrace. but i spoke about it probably as long as i did about the rocket itself. and those police officers what they did including the three of them that stood there and watched and maybe even participated, the whole world was -- was disgraced by it. not just our country and the whole world was watching. nobody can tell me i haven't spoken about it. i've spoken about it at great length. at great length. but i have to speak about law and order. we need law and order in our country. if we don't have law and order, we don't have a country. so we need law and order.
ok. who's next? >> governor pritzker gave an update on his state's response at a news conference in chicago. while taking questions, the governor was asked about the exchange with president trump over the phone. gov. pritzker: good afternoon. i'm here with illinois national guard brigadier general richard neeley and illinois state police lieutenant colonel david burn and margaret mcgrail to provide an update for our state support for communities across illinois. yesterday into today, 375 members of the illinois national guard joined local law