Latest Fact-checks on Mike Parson Mike Parson stated on November 12, 2020 in a press conference: “Schools that are consistently implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies remain among the safest places for our students.” Mike Parson stated on August 18, 2020 in a press conference: “All Missouri’s high-risk areas have mask mandates in place.” Mike Parson stated on April 27, 2020 in a tweet: "All Missouri businesses can open Monday, May 4, under our new Order as long as new guidelines are followed." Mike Parson stated on February 14, 2020 in a speech: “Right now we have over 40,000 new jobs in a little over 18 months” in Missouri. 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." Mike Parson stated on January 24, 2019 in an interview on KCUR: "We are always going to need architects, doctors, we’re going to need professionals with four-year degrees. But 65 to 70 percent of the people in Missouri don’t have degrees." Mike Parson stated on January 16, 2019 in his state of the state speech: "We maintain this (Missouri highway) system with one of the lowest levels of funding in the country."