The St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted a Missouri Public Affairs Network meeting on Friday, February 10th. Those in attendance heard from newly inaugurated Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft about his transition to statewide office and his priorities for 2017. The meeting started with Network members discussing their legislative priorities.
Secretary Ashcroft gave remarks for about 20 minutes before taking questions. Ashcroft indicated that several of the priorities mentioned by network members were problems he heard from Missourians across the state during his campaign. Highest on that list was Missouri’s regulatory system, which Ashcroft said “is killing out state’s small businesses.” Moving forward, Ashcroft hopes to use his office to “get government out of the way” of the state’s entrepreneurs in order to “create opportunity for everyone in Missouri.” He acknowledged these reforms must include drastic changes at the national level including reigning in federal regulation.
Ashcroft also spoke about continued momentum on important issues at the state level including Right to Work and tax reform, and highlighted the important role Missouri’s community colleges and public libraries play in building stronger communities. He finished by mentioning his office’s work implementing the state’s new Voter ID law. Following his remarks, attendees asked questions about state government modernization and the upcoming priorities of the Missouri legislature. Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft speaks to MOPAN members at the St. Louis Regional Chamber