Latest Mostly True Fact-checks in Missouri Cheri Toalson Reisch stated on February 1, 2020 in a House Special Committee hearing on Criminal Justice: “In Boone County (Missouri) with a 1.7% unemployment rate, we can’t find enough people, we can’t fill all the job openings.” Eric Schmitt stated on November 25, 2019 in a roundtable: "You have literally 140 people dying every day of opioid-related overdoses." Mike Parson stated on September 8, 2019 in a campaign announcement: "Wages are on the rise — in fact we were the top small-business wage growth state in the nation." Sam Graves stated on August 29, 2019 in a newsletter: "The average bridge in Missouri is 48 years old — most were only designed to last for 50 years." Nicole Galloway stated on August 12, 2019 in her campaign announcement: Says her office "uncover(ed) $350 million in waste and fraud; it led to 40 criminal charges against both Republicans and Democrats." Cody Smith stated on March 6, 2019 in a capitol report: "Our state transportation department already has a heavy debt load and has paid more than $700 million in debt payments in just the last two years." Eric Burlison stated on February 13, 2019 in a Senate hearing: Says SJR 11 "seeks to fix what is very quickly becoming a problem in Missouri — initiative petitions and referendums are being filed at record highs." Kiki Curls stated on January 22, 2019 in a hearing: Says Arrowhead Stadium "is considered the loudest stadium in the world." Jason Smith stated on January 30, 2019 in a tweet: Federal workers "are paid well above the HOUSEHOLD income in southern Missouri." Cort VanOstran stated on August 21, 2018 in a press release: Says "Rep. Ann Wagner, a three-term incumbent, has never held a town hall in the Second District." Josh Hawley stated on September 19, 2018 in a video: Says "Claire McCaskill receives the second-most contributions from insurance companies in the entire Senate." Cora Faith Walker stated on November 9, 2017 in a guest commentary in the St. Louis American: "The average life expectancy for African Americans in Saint Louis and Saint Louis County varies by as much as 18 years compared to the white population, with nearly half of all African-American kids under the age of 18 living in poverty." Roy Blunt stated on October 13, 2017 in a speech: Missouri "is leading the country when it comes to improving services for mental and behavioral health. Innovation is happening right here." Vicky Hartzler stated on October 30, 2017 in a news release: "In Missouri, there are still (FEMA) cases pending from floods that occurred in 2013." Missouri Department of Economic Development stated on October 19, 2017 in a proposal to Amazon.com: Among states, Missouri ranks "3rd (in) average yearly growth of high-tech industries." Nick Schroer stated on October 17, 2017 in a tweet: "FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2016 shows more than four times as many people were stabbed to death than were killed with rifles of any kind." Eric Greitens stated on July 12, 2017 in a Facebook post: "When we came into office, we saw that Missouri had 113,000 regulations. That’s more than 7.5 million words; it’s 40 dictionaries worth of regulations." Bernie Sanders stated on September 21, 2017 in a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.: "The six wealthiest people in the world (have) as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population, 3.7 billion people." Pete Hegseth stated on September 17, 2017 in a Fox News segment: "The city (of St. Louis) is no stranger to violence. There were 5,762 violent crimes in 2015 alone, including 188 homicides. The highest rate per capita in the country, according to FBI crime statistics." Eric Greitens stated on August 13, 2017 in a Facebook live video: "Seventy-three percent of our veterans are graduating from drug courts. By contrast, I think most of the people in the very good drug court program — the graduation rate’s like 53, 55 percent. The point of that is that drug courts are working for veterans." Claire McCaskill stated on August 22, 2017 in a town hall in Monett, Mo.: "We’re the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t have paid maternity leave." Andrew Koenig stated on August 30, 2017 in a tweet: "The bill that I carried cutting MO’s income tax for 1st time in over 100 years will start its 1st phase in jan 1 2018. #moleg @Eric_Schmitt" Caleb Rowden stated on January 20, 2017 in a statement at a legislative breakfast: "And this would be the first year, if everything holds true, we will spend over $10 billion of our state budget on Medicaid out of the $28 billion budget." Kip Kendrick stated on January 20, 2017 in an interview on KMIZ’s “This Week”: "Corporate entities are paying a lot less taxes this year than they have in the past. Part of that is from a loophole in a bill that was passed in 2015." Josh Hawley stated on June 14, 2016 in a campaign ad: Says "he fought Obama at the Supreme Court — and won." Jason Kander stated on September 15, 2016 in a campaign ad: "In the state legislature, I supported Second Amendment rights." Eric Greitens stated on August 11, 2016 in an interview on Fox & Friends: "We had the Democratic Governors Association and the Obama political machine come into a Republican primary to try and rig the election by spending $1 million against me in the last couple of days." Chris Koster stated on April 22, 2016 in a tweet: "Closing our state’s wage gap would make a $9 billion difference to Missouri women." Peter Kinder stated on March 17, 2016 in a gubernatorial debate: "Youth unemployment in minority communities is about 40 to 45 percent." Caleb Rowden stated on March 4, 2016 in a Columbia/Boone County League of Women Voters Town Hall: "Seventy percent of Missourians support voter photo ID legislation."