July 27, 2021

Parson’s Numbers Touting Missouri’s Economy Have Mixed Value, Experts Say

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson often repeats some numbers designed to promote Missouri’s economy as healthy and vibrant.

But not all of those numbers have the same level of reliability, experts say.

“We’re now seventh in the United States of people wanting to come to our state. We’re in the top 10 for businesses wanting to come to the state of Missouri,” Parson said last week as he signed a bill that allowed for the collection of sales taxes on online purchases and also lowered the state’s highest income tax rate.

Those statistics come from U-Haul and Site Selectors Guild, according to a spokesperson for the governor.

Rankings from companies or associations may not be accurate, according to Max Gillman, economics professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

“I don’t know how U-Haul computes these measures and so, of course, the…

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