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Missouri governor creates task force to address supply chain crisis in state

With the federal government dragging its feet on addressing the supply chain crisis, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is stepping up. Earlier this week, he crated a task force dedicated to the issue and joined a 14-state coalition calling for federal reform.

The Missouri Supply Chain Task Force will engage public and private stakeholders to come up with possible solutions. It also will facilitate interstate supply efforts with Missouri’s neighbors.

“This is a national crisis that requires coordination across all levels of government and between public and private partners,” Parson said. ”By signing this order and supporting this initiative, we are acknowledging the threat and working to mitigate the negative impacts on Missourians. Missouri agencies and stakeholders have already begun identifying ways to improve and strengthen our transportation infrastructure and workforce, and this task force will complement and further that work, while prioritizing prompt and meaningful solutions.”

Task force recommendations that require legislative action will be expedited before it is dissolved in June 2022, according to officials.

Parson also joined a coalition of governors on the Operation Open Roads initiative, a commitment to use their executive powers to address supply issues by increasing market access, boosting efficiency and easing regulations. The group called on President Biden to take similar measures, including lowering commercial drivers’ license age requirements to 18 years old from 21, ending COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private businesses and suspending federal spending leading to inflation.

“Missourians, like many Americans, are deeply concerned about their rising grocery and energy bills, increasing delays for goods and services, and soaring inflation threatening their paychecks,” Parson said. “The Biden Administration’s continued attempts to tax, spend and regulate its way out of this crisis have failed. We are committed to doing what we can at the state level to fix this crisis and to get us back on track, but we need the federal government to get on board or get out of the way.”

Supply chain issues are affecting various industries, from technology to agriculture. The Missouri Farm Bureau reported effects on farm equipment, crop protection products and school lunches, while microchip shortages cause delays for everything from vehicle production to new gaming consoles.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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