State of Missouri Archives: on Local Issues


Jay Nixon: Government's role is to help rebuild disasters like Joplin

We were all inspired by how Joplin--even in its darkest hour--rallied behind its students and its schools. Just this month, 1,400 students in Joplin walked in to three brand new schools, marking another milestone in a remarkable recovery [from the 2011 catastrophic tornado].

And it's easy to get caught up in the political back and forth of the day. Or the controversy of the hour. Or the latest tweet. But we must be bigger than that, because the work we do here is very, very real. You better believe it's real to the family in Joplin who lost everything and could have moved away and started anew--but they chose to stay right there to rebuild the town they love.

And their state government has been with them every step of the way-- because that's what we do. That's why we serve. We're here to make a difference for those who work hard and need a hand--often times for people we'll never meet.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Missouri legislature Jan 21, 2014

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