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injury or death. Previous law made a second conviction only a class B felony.

The new law Governor Blunt signed
makes the second offense a class A felony, punishable by ten years to life in prison. Now, prosecutors have a
powerful tool to place violent offenders where they can no longer harm the innocent.
This legislation also protects confidentiality, by creating the Address Confidentiality Program in the Secretary of
State’s office. This allows the Secretary of State to remove victims’ names from state and local public records. It
will help keep women safe by making it more difficult for abusers to find home or work addresses.
The new law also made it easier for domestic violence and sexual abuse shelters to help women and children.
It requires confidentiality agreements with all employees and volunteers at rape crisis centers. Anyone working
at a rape crisis center must pledge to keep secret any information they learn about the identity of victims. More
importantly, it declares employees and volunteers incompetent to testify in court about confidential information
unless the victim waives the right to confidentiality. Because of these changes, women and children in Missouri
know that rape crisis centers will remain islands of security in which they are safe from their attackers.
Finally, the new law protects
children by making it easier to
sue for psychological injuries
caused by sexual exploitation.
Current law requires victims
of sexual exploitation to
prove physical manifestations
of psychological injuries.
This bill does away with that
requirement, by setting the
policy of the state of Missouri
that sexual exploitation
always inflicts psychological
injury.

Streamlining Homeland Security
A safe and secure Missouri is a basic building block for our state’s future. Governor Blunt was committed
to revamping Missouri’s Homeland Security operations. One of his first actions in office was to combine basic
Homeland Security public safety operations. This change was borne out of Governor Blunt’s belief that homeland
security efforts improve public safety and traditional law enforcement work can prevent a homeland security
incident. This new organization created a more seamless operation for public safety and raised the importance
of homeland security as a priority across the department.
Under the Blunt administration, Missouri’s Homeland Security program has been re-energized to a true focus
on the “homeland” aspects of citizen safety and security. Missouri now has Regional Homeland Security Oversight
Committees, which provide local, specific counsel to the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. The

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state also is in partnership with the Missouri School Board Association to create an alert network for schools
both public and private to share information in an emergency.
The Office of Homeland Security is also working with public and private schools on an Emergency Resource
Information Plan. Local first responders have contributed to the planning process, visibility on school emergency
plan changes and the ability to access the emergency response plan instantly through secure Internet access,
as an emergency unfolds.
In 2008, the Department of Public Safety launched the Internet portal MERIS, which stands for the Missouri
Emergency Resource Information System. MERIS’s capabilities include incident management, resource tracking,
communications, asset request processing and other capabilities. MERIS serves as a statewide resource for
disaster and security planning and response.

21st Century Communication for First Responders
When Governor Blunt took office, Missouri’s Highway Patrol officers were communicating on the same type of
equipment they used in the 1950s. The technology to operate the systems was so antiquated that replacement
parts were becoming unavailable – Missouri law
enforcement officials sometimes went to salvage yards to
locate replacement parts that could be used. Looking to
the future, Governor Blunt joined with Missouri’s state law
enforcement, local law enforcement and first responders
to champion state-of-the-art communications to take
Missouri into the future.
In 2008, $29.4 million was approved for a new
communications interoperability system. The new system
will create a statewide communications infrastructure in
the Missouri State Highway Patrol. This network will allow
local law enforcement and emergency response personnel
to link to the new “interoperable” system. It will help
apprehend criminals, coordinate response to accidents
and natural disasters. Those who keep Missourians safe
know this state investment in modern communications will
pay dividends long into the future.

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“Emergency response is a basic government function. Missourians deserve the reassurance of
knowing that their state leaders are going to great lengths to prepare a quick and efficient response
to any and all natural disasters.”
-Governor Matt Blunt
Protecting Missouri from Disaster
Emergency Preparedness

N atural disasters come to Missouri in many forms, including floods, droughts, tornadoes and ice storms.
Governor Blunt and his administration were called upon to respond on many occasions to natural disasters.
In addition, the largest manmade disaster in Missouri history, the failure of the Taum Sauk Reservoir in Reynolds
County, occurred in 2005.
As governor, Matt Blunt called
the Missouri National Guard to duty
14 times to respond to disasters
of all kinds. His guiding principles
were to be proactive; to respond
rapidly; to respond with sufficient
quality and quantity of resources,
to make a difference quickly for
people who needed help; and to
find ways to mitigate damages and
threats to Missourians through
better disaster preparedness, and
then to follow through to ensure
disaster assistance got to those
who needed it.

Disaster Response
In any disaster, Governor Blunt’s first concern was always the safety and security of Missourians. With that
concern in mind Governor Blunt directed a coordinated state emergency response to protect Missourians and
provide affected communities with essential resources to save lives and property, while at the same time meeting
immediate needs for food, water and shelter.
For the recovery efforts, Governor Blunt secured in
excess of $143 million in federal disaster assistance
for homeowners, farmers, small business men and
women and communities impacted by disasters.
Missourians’ generosity and spirit persevered
through these challenges. Missourians lent their
services, time, care and resources to help their
neighbors as well as strangers who experienced
natural disasters in other states, such as Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Gustav in
2008.

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Responding to the Largest Manmade Disaster
in Missouri’s History
On December 14, 2005, a 600-foot breach in the upper basin of the Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Plant Reservoir
spilled more than one billion gallons of water into the heart of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, causing major
flooding and significant damage to surrounding areas. The incident was the largest manmade disaster in Missouri
history and a true test of state and local emergency response capabilities.

Following the disaster Governor Blunt toured the area,
visited Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park and met with families
seeking shelter. He also signed two State of Emergency
Disaster executive orders authorizing state agencies and the
Missouri National Guard to respond and implementing the
state emergency response plan.
Park Superintendent Jerry Toops and his family lost their
home when the flood occurred and his three young children
were hospitalized. Though all their material possessions were completely destroyed, the family was miraculously
spared and then recovered from this horrific event. They joined Governor Blunt for his State of the State
address to help him say thank you to all the brave heroes who aided in their rescue.
Governor Blunt then led the year-long battle with Ameren to ensure the state was compensated for its losses
both tangible and intangible. The governor’s perseverance to safeguard Missouri’s best interest led to a $180
million settlement with Ameren that provided Missouri residents with a new state park.
The final agreement also secured Governor Blunt’s top priorities for the settlement - the rebuilding of Johnson’s
Shut-Ins State Park and the transfer of the Rock Island Railroad bed to allow for the extension of the Katy Trail
to Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Ultimately, this important acquisition will lead to the extension of the Katy Trail from
St. Louis to Kansas City.

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Earthquake Preparedness
In addition to prompt and effective responses in the aftermath of a disaster, Governor Blunt has emphasized
the value of advance planning to reduce loss of life and property, through higher levels of preparedness. For
example, he worked to place Missouri at the forefront in emergency preparedness, particularly for a catastrophic
emergency such as an earthquake on the New Madrid fault.
Governor Blunt assigned DPS Director Mark James with the task of leading his department, the State Emergency
Management Agency, and other agencies to enhance and expand the existing State Emergency Operations Plan,
adding a catastrophic event section to ensure Missouri was proactively preparing for an event such as a New
Madrid earthquake.
Governor Blunt’s administration worked
closely with local, state and federal
partners, as well as private relief agencies
to ensure all earthquake response and
recovery plans were integrated. This
statewide emergency preparedness
initiative included regional tabletop
exercises, planning workshops and
coordination with emergency managers
in all 114 counties, especially in 47 New
Madrid fault risk counties and the City of
St. Louis.
Missouri’s catastrophic planning and
exercise activities were targeted for a
national exercise planned for 2011, which
will mark 200 years since the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquake.

Missouri Information Analysis Center
In 2005, Governor Blunt created the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC), a 24-7 all hazards information
center to collect, analyze and disseminate critical public safety information.
The MIAC represents a public safety partnership of local, state and federal agencies united to provide timely,
accurate, and secure support to agencies with Homeland Security and law enforcement responsibilities.
The MIAC provides an around the clock, readily accessible mechanism to collect and analyze a broad spectrum
of law enforcement and homeland security related information in an effort to identify potential trends or patterns
of terrorist or criminal operations. MIAC also facilitates two-way communication between federal, state and local
law enforcement communities within our region.

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Pandemic Flu Planning
During Governor Blunt’s administration the state also took proactive steps to prepare for a different kind of
emergency – pandemic flu. In addition to developing a statewide plan to treat potential pandemic flu victims
and ensure vital services would continue with a projected third of the workforce unable to work, Governor
Blunt signed legislation allowing the Department of Health and Senior Services to recruit, train and accept the
services of citizen volunteers to dispense medication in a public health emergency under the supervision of a
licensed health care professional.

Protecting Missouri’s Good Samaritans
One of the most needed resources in any emergency is medical personnel to treat those in need. Governor
Blunt championed Good Samaritan protection, signing a law that provides “Good Samaritan” liability protection
to health care professionals from Missouri and other states who come to assist during a declared disaster.

“Health care professionals who offer their time and expertise to help our
neighbors during an emergency should not fear frivolous lawsuits.”
-Governor Matt Blunt

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“Those who favor an open border and welfare benefits for illegal immigrants say that Missouri
‘doesn’t have a problem’ with illegal immigration. Tell that to skilled carpenters or electricians who
cannot get work because illegals are being exploited and doing the job for a pittance. Tell it to
Missouri taxpayers who subsidize services for those who broke the law to come here. Disrespect for
the law is always a serious social problem.”
-Governor Matt Blunt, 2008 State of the State Address
Enacting Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Immigration Reform

P eople from across the world come to America for freedom and the chance for a better life. With a rich and
diverse immigrant heritage, Missourians embrace the contributions of lawful immigration to our state and
communities. Today, as for more than
two centuries, America is the most
welcoming place in the world, opening
our door to more immigrants than
any country. Governor Blunt believes
that we should always welcome legal
immigrants, as we expect others to
follow our laws for immigration.
Missourians waited for years
for Washington to act on illegal
immigration. As Washington sat idle,
problems and frustrations with illegal
immigration increased. Governor
Blunt said it was time to stop waiting
on Washington to do its job, secure
the border, and bring order to an increasingly chaotic national problem.

Fighting Illegal Immigration
In January 2007, Governor Blunt’s administration received a call. A state employee who worked in the Harry
S Truman Building in Jefferson City was working late one night and had observed a cleaning crew going through
the building after hours. This vigilant state employee tipped off officials that some of the cleaning crew were
probably illegal immigrants.
Governor Blunt’s administration
contacted the federal Immigration and
Customs Enforcement officials (ICE) and
a raid was planned on the building for
the evening of March 6, 2007. In the
action, many illegals were found and
detained on the basis of using false
documents. In addition to directing the
full cooperation of state law enforcement
in the bust, Governor Blunt immediately
ousted the state contractor who hired the
illegal workers, barring them from future
business with the state.

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In addition, Governor Blunt ordered state agencies to enact a no-tolerance policy through tough new contract
protections, and issued a series of strong and clear directives to fight illegal immigration in Missouri. This
included directing all state law enforcement agencies to verify the immigration status of anyone presented for
incarceration.
Unfortunately, the contractor case was emblematic of a larger problem in our state and nation. Governor
Blunt champions expanded trade with other countries, and welcomes lawful immigrants and their contributions
to Missouri’s economy and culture, but Washington’s failure to address the problem of illegal immigration had
left it up to the states to take action.

One of the Toughest Laws in the U.S.
In 2008, Governor Blunt signed a wide-ranging immigration reform plan with strict new laws to stem the tide
of lawbreakers into our state. It is one of the toughest laws in the country to fight illegal immigration and places
into statute many of Governor
Action Taken On Illegal Immigrants by the
Blunt’s directives. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (September 2006 to November 2008)
The legislation prohibits the
creation of sanctuary cities in the
state; requires verification of legal
employment status of every public
employee through E-verify; allows
for cancellation of state contracts
for contractors if they hire illegal
immigrants; requires public
agencies to verify the legal status
of applicants before providing
welfare benefits; criminalizes

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the transportation of illegal immigrants for exploitive purposes; and enacts provisions to punish bad-acting
employers who hire illegal immigrants.
The legislation also prohibits the issuance of a Missouri driver license to an illegal immigrant and creates new
penalties for helping an illegal immigrant obtain a license by fraud.
Most importantly, the legislation requires law enforcement to verify the immigration status of every person
presented for incarceration within our state within 48 hours of the arrest. This placed Governor Blunt’s 2007
directive into state statute – binding local law enforcement and future governors. As of November 2008, the
Missouri State Highway Patrol had detected 340 illegal immigrants following Governor Blunt’s directive.

State-Federal Partnership
State law enforcement had been frustrated by the unresponsiveness of federal officials when an illegal
immigrant was identified through arrest on other charges. This prompted Governor Blunt’s administration
to seek new partnerships with the federal government to empower state law enforcement officials to enforce
federal immigration law.
Governor Blunt worked with ICE to obtain authority under Section 287g of the Immigration and Nationality Act
for specially trained members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to enforce immigration laws as part of their
day-to-day law enforcement work.  

Gateway Task Force
In 2008, Governor Blunt signed a Memorandum of Agreement with ICE, the Missouri State Highway Patrol
and the Missouri Department of Public Safety creating the Gateway Task Force. This task force is a partnership
between ICE and the state of Missouri to work more closely to fight the crimes and address the problems
associated with illegal immigration.
The Task Force includes ICE agents and specially trained members of the Highway Patrol who focus on illegal
immigration and associated crimes such as: harboring illegal immigrants, transporting illegal immigrants, forced
labor, human trafficking, identity theft, document fraud and bulk cash smuggling.

Auditing State Contracts
Governor Blunt also authored the state’s first directive to audit all state contracts to ensure that employees
are legally eligible to work in the U.S., and to terminate contracts if the company employs illegal immigrants. He
added tough provisions to allow the state to immediately cancel contracts if the contractor knowingly employs
workers not eligible to work here, and to require contractors to certify that all employees meet state and federal
work eligibility standards.
Governor Blunt also took significant steps to shield taxpayers’ money from supporting building projects that
employ illegal workers, including starting on-site compliance reviews and requiring certification and third-party
verification of legal worker status for all tax credit applicants.
The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) has adopted a stringent workforce eligibility policy
consistent with Governor Blunt’s recommendations to the commission, including sanctions of up to a lifetime ban
of contractors and developers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants in violation of federal law.

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“When I campaigned for governor, I promised Missourians that I would work to further the cause of
life and we have kept that promise by enacting important pro-life legislation every year I have served
as governor. All life is precious and needs to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.”
-Governor Matt Blunt
Standing for the Sanctity of Life
A Committed Pro-Life Governor

M att Blunt has been committed to the sanctity of life and he believes the United States Supreme Court
wrongly decided the case Roe versus Wade. He believes the sanctity of life is a defining issue in America’s
public life.
As a state legislator and Governor, he
consistently championed policies to uphold
the value of every life, reduce the number
of abortions, and encourage expectant
parents to bring their children into the
world.
In 2004, Missourians elected Blunt the
first pro-life governor since Governor John
Ashcroft’s departure from office in January
1993. Governor Blunt campaigned on a
platform to support a culture of life, and
kept his promise by enacting new pro-life
initiatives every year of his term.

Bringing the Legislature Back to Work
In May 2005, the General Assembly adjourned without passing significant pro-life legislation. Progress had
been made by lawmakers, but the constitutional deadline arrived before a bill was passed.
Governor Blunt insisted on action to protect the sanctity of life, and called the legislature back to work in
August 2005. At his call, the legislature passed a bill requiring abortion providers to have clinical privileges at
a hospital nearby, so that women will have ready access to emergency care, and to strengthen laws for parental
consent to any abortion performed on a minor child.

Helping Those Who Help Young Mothers
In 2006, Governor Blunt worked with the General Assembly to enact an income tax credit for 50 percent of
contributions to qualified pregnancy resource centers. The new law also made unused adoption tax credits
available to charities that work with Missouri children in crisis situations.
Pregnancy resource centers across Missouri offer support, resources and information to women facing
unplanned or unexpected pregnancies. As the front line in the fight for life, the work of Missouri’s pregnancy
resource centers is critical to help and support young parents who choose life. Governor Blunt has visited
pregnancy resource centers in many communities to honor and encourage those who make these centers a
success.

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Removing Abortion Providers from Missouri Classrooms
Before Governor Blunt took office, abortion providers were invited into Missouri classrooms to teach sex
education often with taxpayer-funded contracts that subsidized their other effort. Governor Blunt put an end to
this. In 2007, Governor Blunt and the legislature passed a law to prohibit abortion providers from teaching sex
education in public schools, ending a conflict of
interest that was deeply offensive to the values
of most parents and Missouri taxpayers.

No Taxpayer Dollars for
Abortions
Governor Blunt discovered that previous
administrations had programmed taxpayer
money for the abortion-provider Planned
Parenthood. Using his executive authority, he
acted immediately to halt this funding.

Protecting the Health of Mothers
Governor Blunt and the legislature took long-needed action to set proper medical standards for abortion
providers and their places of business. In 2007, he signed the new law to put abortion clinics on the same
footing as other ambulatory surgical centers thereby raising health standards to protect women.

Alternatives to Abortion
Governor Blunt delivered an additional $500,000 during his administration to support the state’s Alternatives
to Abortion program,
bringing total funding
for the program to $1.9
million and making the
program permanent by
placing it in statute. These
funds assist hundreds
of expectant mothers
annually.

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Missouri Adoptions
5,000

4,500
4,363
4,000 4,167
3,855
3,500

3,000

2,500

2,000 2,184

1,500

1,000
2005 2006 2007 2008
Fiscal Year

Missouri Abortions
8,500

8,000
8,046
7,899
7,500
7,498

7,000 7,110

6,500

6,000
2005 2006 2007 2008
Fiscal Year

Matt Blunt’s unwavering commitment to the sanctity of life has protected the rights and lives
of the most vulnerable. As a public servant, he is deeply grateful for the opportunity to stand
up for one of our most basic shared values. As parents, Matt and Melanie Blunt cherish the
knowledge that Missouri government is more engaged in the struggle to protect innocent life
than at any time in our state’s history.

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“James Madison once said, ‘Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the
citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.’ And
Madison was right. This is an unalienable and individual right and it is a right that some liberal groups
and politicians are constantly seeking to erode.”
-Governor Matt Blunt
Protecting Freedom
Second Amendment

M att Blunt takes joy in the outdoors, including hunting with family and friends. His father taught him to shoot
with a well-used .22 rifle that has been in his
family for four generations.
He cherishes our constitutional freedoms, including
the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms.
Second Amendment freedom, so often under assault
from gun control proponents, deserves and requires
strong and consistent support from friends of the
Constitution. Governor Blunt is a member of the
National Rifle Association.
James Madison once said of this freedom:
“Americans have the right and advantage of being
armed – unlike the citizens of other countries
whose governments are afraid to trust the people
with arms.” Governor Blunt believes we must always
trust the people.
Governor Blunt understands that the right to
own firearms is an inalienable and individual right.
It is guaranteed by the Constitution, but was not
created by the Constitution. As governor, Blunt has
affirmed the rights of law-abiding citizens, protected
sportsmen and women, and successfully opposed
liberal gun control proposals to undermine and
weaken the Second Amendment.

The “Castle Doctrine” in Missouri Law
The principle that a person’s home is their “castle” is based in centuries of tradition and understanding that
the most basic right is to defend oneself and family. Governor Blunt said “enough is enough” to the recent legal
trend of home intruders, car hijackers and armed robbers bringing civil suits against people who defended
themselves, their families, and their property against criminals.
The Second Amendment is founded on the principle of individual and collective self-defense against aggression.
In 2007, Governor Blunt signed the Castle Doctrine into Missouri law. Now, we have a legal standard in
Missouri that protects people from civil liability and criminal prosecution when they defend themselves, their
families and their property from criminals.

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Natural Disasters Do Not Suspend the Constitution
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, public safety officials in Louisiana took hasty and ill-
considered action to seize firearms from law-abiding citizens. Outraged by the gun seizures, Governor Blunt
resolved that this would never happen
in Missouri. In 2007, he signed a law
to ensure that law-abiding Missourians
cannot lose their rights during natural
disasters or civil disturbances. These
are the times when we should place a
premium on people’s ability to defend
themselves against violent crimes.

Strengthening the Right to Carry for Self-Defense
When former Governor Holden vetoed the right-to-carry law in 2003, the legislature overrode his veto. As a
candidate, then-Secretary of State Blunt pledged to protect and strengthen Missourians’ right to carry for self-
defense. He kept that promise and enacted a new law to end the six-month waiting period for new residents.
Now, a law-abiding citizen who is a legal resident of Missouri may apply for safety training and a permit.

Protecting Missouri’s Hunting Heritage Lands
In 2007, Governor Blunt signed legislation to create Hunting Heritage Protection Areas, to protect valuable
flood plains for hunting
and recreation to ensure
the hunting rights of
future generations. The
law Governor Blunt signed
preserves Missourians’
right to lawfully hunt and
sport within heritage
protection areas.

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Shooting Range Protection
In Missouri, shooting ranges were actually being sued over noise complaints by people who built homes or
moved next to a target range. Governor Blunt signed legislation protecting the owners of ranges from lawsuits
that are frivolous, or intended to undermine firearms rights.

Second Amendment Rightly Understood by U.S. Supreme Court
In 2008, Governor Blunt strongly endorsed the decision of the United States Supreme Court that the Second
Amendment guarantees and protects an individual freedom, like the balance of the Bill of Rights. Governor
Blunt has used his appointing power whenever possible to appoint sound, pro-Constitution judges to the state
bench.

“Missourians maintain a deep reverence for the freedoms guaranteed by
the Second Amendment.”
-Governor Matt Blunt

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“The Tour of Missouri has been an outstanding success for Missouri’s economy and tourism. It is
truly a reflection of our great state and has provided an incomparable opportunity to showcase
Missouri’s natural beauty and warm hospitality to a world audience.”
-Governor Matt Blunt
Bringing a World Class Cycling Race
to Missouri
Tour of Missouri

G overnor Blunt’s vision to bring a World Class Cycling race to Missouri with the Tour of Missouri jump started
what is easily among the most successful tourism
initiatives in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of
spectators from around the world poured their tourism
dollars into the state while seeing first hand the amazing
treasures that abound within our borders.

Starting an Important Tradition
The Tour started with a simple idea. Governor Blunt
received a letter about the Tour de Georgia from a friend
in Springfield who is an avid cyclist. After reading about
the state of Georgia’s tour and considering the benefits
a professional cycling race would bring to Missouri, Governor Blunt asked Lt. Governor Peter Kinder to lead a
steering committee to determine the benefits that a world class cycling event would bring to Missouri. In October
2006, the governor’s hard work to bring such an event to our state paid off and Missouri was awarded the USA
Cycling and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned event that is now known as the Tour of Missouri.

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Showcasing Missouri’s Treasures
September 2007 marked the inaugural Tour of Missouri, giving Missouri the opportunity to showcase the
state to an international audience. For six days some of the world’s top athletes covered 600 miles of Missouri
streets, roads and highways. The successful event would return bigger and better in 2008.
The two Tours included stops in Branson, Clinton, Columbia, Hermann, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Lebanon,
Rolla, Springfield, St. Charles, St. Joseph, and St. Louis - pouring tourism dollars into these local economies and
highlighting our beautiful state.
Seventy-two percent of spectators rated the Tour of Missouri more highly than any other professional sporting
event they had attended in the previous 12 months.

Promoting Health and Wellness
The Tour also presented an opportunity to promote health and wellness to young Missourians. Local students
across the state lined up as the peloton of cyclists sped through their towns, many ‘adopting’ a rider and using
the opportunity to learn more about his home country and culture. In addition the cyclists’ commitment to
health and fitness inspired many Missourians to get back on the bike for their own health.

Inspiring New Fans
Governor Blunt’s Tour of Missouri added terms like “yellow jersey” and “peloton” into Missouri sports fans’
vernacular. Live video feeds, up to the minute racing information, and fantastic start and finish events across
the state invigorated an entirely new
base of cycling fans. Missouri families
who had never before followed the
international cycling circuit can now
quote the latest race positions and are
looking forward to seeing the world-
class athletes’ next appearance in
Missouri.
The estimated turnout for the Tour
in 2007 was 367,566 spectators.
In 2008, there were an estimated
434,000 spectators.

Contributing to Missouri’s Economy
The Tour of Missouri surpassed all expectations and demonstrated its value and benefits at least ten times
over, generating $26.2 million in tourism dollars in 2007, and nearly $30 million in 2008.
On average out of state visitors spent more than $270 per day during their visit. Seventy-seven percent of
non-Missourians said the Tour of Missouri was the reason they came to spend time in Missouri.

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Welcoming an International Audience
Following the success of the 2008 race, the International Cycling Union, the sanctioning body for professional
cycling, raised the ranking of the Tour of Missouri to a prestigious 2.HC ranking, making the event one of the
top stage races for elite athletes around the world. This status also makes the Tour of Missouri one of only three
2.HC races in the Northern Hemisphere and will help in making the race more appealing to cyclists, tourists and
corporate sponsors.

Governor Blunt’s vision for the Tour of Missouri was an outstanding success for Missouri’s
economy and tourism. It is truly a reflection of our great state and has provided an
incomparable opportunity to showcase Missouri’s natural beauty and warm hospitality to a
world audience.

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“For decades, Americans and people from around the world have been visiting Missouri to experience
our urban excitement in St. Louis and Kansas City, our rustic beauty in the Ozarks, our natural
wonders in state and national parks, our vibrant lakes, and our Missouri hospitality everywhere.”
-Governor Matt Blunt
Delivering Jobs and Income for the Heartland
Missouri Tourism

M issouri’s natural beauty and hospitality, and our many opportunities for fun and recreation, make the
Show-Me State one of America’s premier destinations for family travel. Touting our attractions, rich and
diverse history, and central
location, Governor Blunt has made
it a priority to open Missouri doors
to even more visitors from across
the nation and around the world.

Investing in Tourism Marketing
Missouri tallied an increase of 5.4 percent in leisure travel to Missouri under Governor Blunt’s leadership,
from Fiscal Year 2005 to 2008. With his strong support, the state has invested in marketing Missouri travel
nationwide, to create a Missouri
“brand” for enjoyable, family-
friendly leisure and recreation.
The Governor’s initiative has been
especially beneficial to smaller
communities, but the creation
of new jobs and income has
been felt statewide, as well as in
revenue gains for state and local
government. During Governor
Blunt’s administration, funding
for Missouri tourism promotion
increased by 32.8 percent with
a $5.8 million increase.

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Promoting Tourism: The Blunt Family Vacation
In summer 2008, with gasoline prices hurting families and businesses everywhere, Governor Blunt, Melanie
Blunt, and their son William Branch boarded an RV to promote Missouri tourism, traveling to parks and other
attractions across Missouri. The
Blunt family visited 13 Missouri
parks and historical sites as part
of their “Show-Me Tourism” tour.
The family had a wonderful
time visiting some of the many
great places to take a vacation in
Missouri, and demonstrating that
soaring energy prices should be
an open door to vacations close to
home, to enjoy Missouri’s beauty,
history and heritage.

Expanding the Katy Trail
Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park helps to highlight the scenic beauty of our state, provides recreational
opportunities for Missourians and generates tourism dollars for our economy. Expanding the Katy Trail was a
priority of the Blunt administration.
Something positive can sometimes come from tragedy.
Such was the case with the opportunity to complete the
Katy Trail to the Kansas City area. Governor Blunt and
the Department of Natural Resources secured through
the Ameren Taum Sauk settlement a perpetual license
needed to expand the Katy Trail alongside the old
Rock Island Railroad corridor from Windsor to Pleasant
Hill. Ultimately, this important acquisition will lead to
the extension of the Katy Trail from St. Louis to the
Kansas City area.

A New State Park!
Between 15 million and 17 million people visit
Missouri’s 83 state parks and historic sites every year.
The economic impact is hundreds of millions of dollars. To strengthen Missouri’s great state park system,
Governor Blunt announced in 2007 the completion of initial planning for a new state park, on the scenic, free-

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flowing Current River in Shannon County. This work was a partnership between the governor’s office and the
Departments of Natural Resources and Conservation.
The river and the surrounding forests in rugged south central Missouri are a unique natural resource, and
truly worthy of joining the state park system. The planned park will transfer part of the Sunklands Conservation
Area to the parks network, creating enhanced public recreation and access to the Current River.
Retaining Conservation Department stewardship and management of the remaining property preserves many
other recreational interests in the greater Sunklands area – fishing, hunting for small game, deer and turkey,
hiking and wildlife viewing.
Missouri has had no state park on the Current River since 1968, when Big Spring, Round Spring and Alley
Spring parks were transferred to the National Parks Service to be the cornerstones of the Ozark National Scenic
Riverways.
The new state park will be developed on the site of the historic Alton Club/Jerry J. Presley Conservation
Education Center, on the Current River north of Eminence in Shannon County. The Alton Club was built in the
1930s as a company retreat for the Alton Box Board Company. The buildings reflect the rustic architecture
popular in camp and park buildings in the early 20th Century.

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“Our commitment to ensure that taxpayer dollars are distributed as they were originally intended has
had a powerful, positive impact on the Arts in Missouri, which in turn has expanded access to and
awareness of the countless cultural and enrichment opportunities throughout our great state.”
-Governor Matt Blunt
Reclaiming Missouri’s Place as
National Arts Leader
Supporting the Arts

W hen Governor Blunt took office Missourians were tired of seeing taxes spent on government endeavors that
had nothing to do with the reason used to justify the tax. Missouri has dedicated taxes aimed at funding
important projects including libraries, humanities and the arts. Governor Blunt worked to end the diversion of
dedicated taxes and ensure that they are spent for the purpose for which they were created. In addition his
support for Missouri’s cultural partners has transformed the arts in Missouri.

Ending Diversion of Dedicated Taxes
Missouri’s laws direct the taxes paid by out of state athletes and entertainers who play and perform in Missouri
to a group of organizations known as Missouri’s cultural partners—the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri
Humanities Council, the Missouri State Libraries, the Missouri Public Television Broadcasting Corporation and
Missouri Historic Preservation. In his first budget, even with difficult budget challenges to meet, the cultural
partners received $1 million in new funding for the first time in three years. The next year, they received
$5.5 million, the next $13 million and in his final budget Governor Blunt was able to direct $18 million toward
these important groups. With Governor Blunt’s support, cultural partners received more money from the Non-
Resident Athletes and Entertainers Tax than ever before in the state’s history.

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Reclaiming Missouri’s Place as National Arts Leader
Governor Blunt’s unwavering commitment to the arts allowed Missouri to reclaim its spot as a leading arts
supporter, even after funding cuts for the arts during the years before his administration.

When Governor Blunt took office Missouri was near dead last
in arts funding among all states and territories. With a strong
commitment to restoring a dedicated tax to its rightful purpose,
the governor kept his commitment to invest in the arts, increasing
funding every year and regaining Missouri’s spot as a leader in
arts funding.
Governor Blunt’s leadership moved Missouri from a near last
place position to 14th among all 50 states and six territories
based on Fiscal Year 2008 information. Governor Blunt’s personal
commitment to supporting and obtaining increased public funding
for Missouri’s arts resulted in increasing Missouri’s public funding
for the arts from $500,000 in 2005 to $11.3 million in 2009, the
largest amount ever appropriated to Missouri’s arts.
Governor and First Lady Melanie Blunt are strong advocates
for the arts in Missouri. Governor Blunt believes that whatever
the medium, the genre, the presentation, the arts enrich the
lives of all Missourians. He has said art bolsters our economy,
strengthens our communities, and bridges cultural divides.
Governor Blunt also named the state’s first ever Poet Laureate, Walter Bargen. The governor created the
Missouri Poet Laureate post to help promote the arts in Missouri and to encourage Missourians to learn
more about the many cultural
Fiscal Year Ranking Funding Per Capita opportunities available in the
state. The First Lady served as
2008 $1.37 - Rank 14
the honorary chair for Missouri
2007 $0.63 - Rank 33 Citizens for the Arts and has
worked to promote arts across
2006 $0.19 - Rank 43 Missouri.
2005 $0.08 - Rank 49
Fiscal Year

2004 $0.00 - Rank 56

2003 $0.65 - Rank 38

2002 $1.05 - Rank 27

2001 $1.92 - Rank 14

0 $0.20 $0.40 $0.60 $0.80 $1.00 $1.20 $1.40 $1.60 $1.80 $2.00
Fiscal Year

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National Award for State Arts Leadership

A mericans for the Arts awarded Governor Blunt the 2008 National Award for State Arts Leadership.
The national award recognizes elected officials whose role in advancement of the arts and arts
education within their communities and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the
value of the arts. Governor Blunt received the 2008 National Award for Gubernatorial Arts Leadership for
his ambitious and committed
support for the arts.
“Governor Blunt truly
understands the power of
the arts as an economic
tool, a way to educate our
young people, and a path
to cultural understanding
across all of Missouri,”
said Janette M. Lohman,
President of Missouri
Citizens for the Arts, the
arts advocacy organization
who nominated Governor
Blunt for the Award. “We
anticipate a great future for
the arts in Missouri due in
large part to the support
and leadership of Governor
Blunt.”
“Governor Blunt’s support
of the arts exemplifies how investment in the arts translates into community growth, prosperity and
vitality,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “His leadership in
the arts should be an inspiration to all public office figures.”
“We are so pleased that Americans for the Arts is honoring Governor Blunt for his unwavering support
for the arts and for making significant and lasting improvements to the arts landscape of our state,”
said Sharon Beshore, Missouri Arts Council Chair and Missouri Citizens for the Arts Board
member. “The historic arts funding that the Governor has recommended will improve the quality of
life for all Missourians.”

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Promises Fulfilled
On January 22, 2008, Governor Blunt announced in a televised address to Missourians that he
would be returning to private life at the end of his term. After serving twenty years in public service
and accomplishing virtually everything he set out to accomplish when he ran for governor, Matt Blunt
believed strongly that he had completed the mission and fulfilled the promises that Missourians asked
him to fulfill when they elected him Missouri’s 54th Governor.
The following is the text of Governor Blunt’s address to Missourians:

Fellow Missourians. Let me speak directly with you.

In 2004 I promised leadership, vision and change. It was more than a slogan, it defined a
mission. You elected me to chart a new course.

And together we are creating a future of greater opportunity for all Missourians.

We inherited a budget that was $1.1 billion dollars in the red and turned it into three
straight surpluses without increasing taxes. In fact, we cut taxes.

In contrast to the old education withholdings and cuts, my budgets will have delivered 1.2
billion new dollars to our universities, classrooms and students.

A broke and broken Medicaid system is being transformed into a network of care offering
vulnerable Missourians healthier lives at a cost taxpayers can afford.

We have turned record job-loss into nearly 90,000 new jobs.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in waste has been eliminated and we reduced the size of
government.

What we set-out to achieve four years ago has been accomplished.

Once when asked if he were running for re-election another governor responded, “Yes,
I like being governor.” When I read that I thought at the time that I never wanted to run for
any office just to hold it. I did not run for governor to have a title, but to bring change to state
government.

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The habit of politicians is to remain in office and the desire to prove oneself in the next
election is strong. After a great deal of thought and prayer, and with the knowledge that we
have achieved virtually everything I set out to accomplish, and more, I will not seek a second
term in the upcoming election. Because I feel we have changed what I wanted to change in
the first term there is not the same sense of mission for a second.

At the end of my term, I will have served twenty years in public service, ten years in the
United States Navy followed by ten years in state government.

Melanie and our son William Branch mean the world to me. I have spent more time away
from them than I would like. We are ready for the next chapter in our lives and I am looking
forward to spending more time with them.

Some will wrongly think that this is a retirement from the effort to improve the lives of
Missourians. But they will have failed to understand that the greatest and wisest leadership
of our state is not housed within the ornate offices of the Capitol. It springs from our citizens,
communities, churches and institutions of private life.

There are new and important initiatives we can achieve this year.

Their success will help keep the change working for Missouri families.

I will focus on these initiatives.

To serve as your governor is a great privilege. I will continue to work every day to be worthy
of the faith and confidence you have placed in me.

Thank you for listening, and may God continue to bless our great state.

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Chronology
2004-2005
November 2, 2004 Matt Blunt elected as Missouri’s 54th Governor.
December 30, 2004 Governor-elect Matt Blunt and legislative budget leaders agree on estimated amount of
revenue. Matt Blunt inherits $1.1 billion deficit.
January 10, 2005 Inauguration.
January 11, 2005 Honors key campaign pledges his first full day in office: revokes executive order that
allowed collective bargaining for state agencies, closes state’s Washington D.C. office,
freezes purchase of non-emergency vehicles, cell phones and new office space for
state agencies.
January 14, 2005 Announces new Department of Revenue contract office plan, saving taxpayers $7
million annually.
January 21, 2005 Secures bipartisan support for his plan to halt the supply source of methamphetamine
labs.
January 24, 2005 Enacts video games ban for all Missouri correctional facilities.
January 24, 2005 Creates Missouri State Government Review Commission to conduct first top to bottom
review of government in 30 years.
January 26, 2005 First State of the State Address.
February 4, 2005 Consolidates seniors in-home care programs into one agency rather than three.
February 16, 2005 Appoints director to oversee Homeland Security within the Department of Public
Safety.
March 1, 2005 Secures legislation changing several higher education institution names including
changing Southwest Missouri State to Missouri State University.
March 9, 2005 Governor and Mrs. Matt Blunt announce the birth of their son William Branch Blunt.
March 16, 2005 Announces Missouri Quality Jobs Act.
March 24, 2005 Details $239.2 million in additional spending reductions to balance FY 2006 budget.
March 29, 2005 Signs into law sweeping litigation and medical malpractice reforms.
March 30, 2005 Signs comprehensive Worker’s Compensation Reform.
April 18, 2005 Creates Governor’s Advisory Council for Plant Biotechnology.
April 26, 2005 Enacts changes to Missouri’s Medicaid program.
May 5, 2005 Review of federal homeland security spending completed.

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May 6, 2005 General Assembly passes Governor Blunt’s budget including significant increase in
education funding, reduces size of government.
May 6, 2005 Announces Missouri joining AMBER Alert Web Portal.
May 12, 2005 Secures passage of a new school funding formula.
May 12, 2005 Legislature sends Quality Jobs Act legislation to Governor Blunt.
May 17, 2005 Introduces School Bus Safety Task Force after fatal and dangerous accidents across
state.
May 17, 2005 Denies clemency request for Vernon Brown, Vernon Brown executed.
May 31, 2005 Eliminates $1.2 million in unnecessary and unneeded lease contracts and utility
expenses.
June 9, 2005 Announces new tool to help Missourians quit smoking, statewide tobacco Quitline.
June 13, 2005 Advocates for Missouri workers in Detroit meetings with auto companies.
June 15, 2005 Signs legislation to combat meth.
June 16, 2005 Increases the number of newborn screening tests from five to 27.
June 20, 2005 Testifies for national security, Missouri interests at BRAC hearing in St. Louis.
June 23, 2005 Signs budget bills, vetoes $23.3 million to ensure balanced budget.
June 27, 2005 Creates Missouri Task Force on Eminent Domain.
June 29, 2005 Signs school funding formula focused on Missouri school children’s needs.
June 30, 2005 Expands Homestead Preservation Act to benefit seniors and disabled home owners.
July 1, 2005 State begins fiscal year with balanced budget.
July 1, 2005 Monitors extreme drought in southeast, south-central and northeast Missouri.
July 5, 2005 Signs Missouri Quality Jobs Act.
July 5, 2005 Proclaims drought alert in 23 counties.
July 6, 2005 Makes School Supply Sales Tax Holiday permanent.
July 7, 2005 Directs state to immediately stop providing Viagra to registered sex offenders on
Missouri Medicaid and to all Medicaid recipients except for rare instances when it is
used to treat a pulmonary condition.
July 8, 2005 Signs bills allowing Missouri counties to post convicted sex offenders’ pictures on their
Internet sites.
July 12, 2005 Enacts legislation to fix state’s concealed carry law, support local law enforcement
issuing permits.
July 13, 2005 Strengthens laws for repeat drunk drivers.

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July 13, 2005 Signs law that requires certain sex offenders to be monitored by GPS for life.
July 14, 2005 Vetoes bill that would harm disclosure and ethics laws designed to ensure government
agencies and elected officials are accountable to the people they represent.
July 19, 2005 Launches Healthy Missourians Initiative.
July 20, 2005 Appoints members to Eminent Domain Task Force.
July 21, 2005 Signs executive order to streamline homeland security efforts, establish Homeland
Security Advisory Council.
August 3, 2005 Issues executive order in response to Hurricane Katrina.
August 3, 2005 Denies clemency request for Timothy Johnston. Timothy Johnson executed.
August 4, 2005 Tours drought stricken areas.
August 8, 2005 Requests disaster declaration for drought stricken counties.
August 12, 2005 Asks Corps of Engineers to protect navigation on Mississippi River, begins precedent of
advocacy for Missouri, Mississippi River interests.
August 17, 2005 Issues call for special session to approve pro-life legislation.
August 22, 2005 Restructures Department of Natural Resources to better serve Missourians.
September 5, 2005 Declares State of Emergency to provide further assistance to Katrina victims.
September 8, 2005 Creates Office of Supplier and Workforce Diversity.
September 13, 2005 Receives National Biotechnology Leadership Award.
September 15, 2005 Signs landmark pro-life bill into law.
September 16, 2005 Honored as United States Junior Chamber’s (Jaycee’s) Ten Outstanding Young
Americans.
September 21, 2005 Signs executive order establishing a permanent interagency steering team for the
Missouri Reentry Process.
September 21, 2005 Hosts Taiwan trade delegation.
September 26, 2005 Kicks off his “Show-Me Solutions” initiative to highlight Missourians’ generous
contributions.
October 4, 2005 Launches after school initiative.
October 11, 2005 Missouri Quality Systems Assessment Program for Livestock begins, making Missouri
the first state in the nation to be certified by the USDA.
October 21, 2005 Secures agreement to improve the ability of every Missourian to heat his or her
home.
October 25, 2005 Denies clemency request for Marlin Gray, Marlin Gray executed.

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October 31, 2005 Launches new fleet management initiatives.
November 11, 2005 Forms Advisory Council for Veterans Affairs.
November 14, 2005 Executive order establishes the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as
Missouri’s new standard for emergency preparedness.
November 17, 2005 Touts Missouri’s new economic climate with Japanese business leaders in New York
City.
November 17, 2005 Pro-life law withstands court scrutiny.
November 18, 2005 Directs state agencies to work with local governments in the New Madrid region to
develop a coordinated plan to deal with a possible natural disaster.
December 1, 2005 Promotes Ready in 3 Internet site to help Missouri families prepare for emergencies.
December 4, 2005 Leads trade delegation to Mexico.
December 7, 2005 Creates the Hispanic Business, Trade and Culture Commission.
December 9, 2005 Meets with all state department directors for an earthquake preparedness briefing.
December 14, 2005 Issues disaster declaration in response to Taum Sauk disaster.
December 14, 2005 Missourians create 28,100 new jobs since January 2005.
December 15, 2005 Implements Missouri Information Analysis Center.
December 22, 2005 Directs DNR to use emergency funds for Taum Sauk restoration.
December 27, 2005 Signs executive order targeting energy efficiency, creating the Missouri Energy Task
Force.
December 30, 2005 Calls for new protections for property owners following his Missouri Task Force on
Eminent Domain recommendations.
December 31, 2005 End of year marks new export record of $10.5 billion in sales abroad for Missouri.
2006
January 3, 2006 Implements many Missouri State Government Review Commission recommendations.
January 5, 2006 Hosts Governor’s Prayer Breakfast with keynote speaker Mark Earley, President of
Prison Fellowship.
January 5, 2006 Leads St. Louis delegation to Michigan to meet with Ford executives.
January 6, 2006 Recommends unprecedented funding increases for Federally Qualified Community
Health Centers.
January 6, 2006 Accepts award from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for contributing to the health
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January 9, 2006 Calls for significant funding increase for residential care centers to benefit Missouri’s
most vulnerable children.
January 11, 2006 Delivers second State of the State, reaffirms commitment to education, jobs, health
care, enhanced opportunities for Missourians.
January 17, 2006 Signs executive order to form Missouri Health Care Information Technology Task
Force.
January 19, 2006 Signs Utilicare funding to help vulnerable Missourians with heating bills.
January 21, 2006 Meets with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt to safeguard
Missourians’ access to prescription drugs.
January 24, 2006 Calls for a Math and Science summit, new partnerships to support students.
January 26, 2006 Unveils his Lewis & Clark Discovery Initiative for Missouri college and university
students.
February 1, 2006 Challenges legality of manmade flood on Missouri River.
February 6, 2006 Signs executive order enacting common sense reorganization to increases efficiency,
enhance services in several departments.
February 7, 2006 Signs executive order naming Department of Agriculture headquarters after George
Washington Carver.
February 10, 2006 Makes Homeland Security Advisory Council permanent.
February 13, 2006 Calls for changes to Missouri’s dam safety laws following his call for comprehensive
review.
February 17, 2006 Unveils new protections to fight cattle rustling.
February 23, 2006 Holds Missouri pandemic planning summit.
March 1, 2006 Signs Spc. Edward Lee Myers Law.
March 12, 2006 Activates SEMA to respond to fatal tornadoes in Perryville.
March 13, 2006 Declares state of emergency, activates National Guard in tornado response.
March 17, 2006 Opposes sale of Missouri’s Mark Twain Forest land.
March 19, 2006 Marks State Day of Prayer for tornado victims.
March 22, 2006 Visits with community and business leaders in Europe to promote business and trade
and to build on record breaking export numbers.
March 28, 2006 U.S. Chamber of Commerce announces Missouri has jumped from the 40th spot for best
legal climate in the country to the 35th spot.
April 3, 2006 Declares state of emergency, activates National Guard following severe weather that
kills three.

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April 12, 2006 Southern Business and Development Magazine names Governor Blunt as One of Ten
Who Made a Difference.
April 12, 2006 Meth incidents show sharp decline after enactment of tough anti-meth bill.
April 25, 2006 Hosts Math and Science Summit.
April 26, 2006 Continues advocacy for Missouri River, tells Corps to reconsider plan to flood Missouri
farmers and river communities or face legal action.
April 26, 2006 Visits Pemiscot County following fatal storm.
May 4, 2006 Issues strict Code of Conduct Policy for Governor’s Office including first ever lobbyist gift
ban.
May 5, 2006 Missouri General Assembly passes governor’s tough bill to prevent abuse of eminent
domain laws.
May 10, 2006 Opens Missouri’s Heart Gallery.
May 10, 2006 Names members to Math and Science Alliance.
May 24, 2006 Launches METS (Math, Engineering, Technology and Science) Internet site.
May 24, 2006 Visits Missouri Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan.
June 6, 2006 Expands Missouri Information and Analysis Center hours.
June 6, 2006 Signs mandatory minimum sentences for sexual predators that prey on young victims,
Missouri’s tough version of Florida’s Jessica’s law.
June 8, 2006 Meets with President George W. Bush, supports effort to obtain line item veto authority
over the federal budget.
June 12, 2006 Signs legislation helping Missouri’s vulnerable children.
June 12, 2006 Signs laws establishing a pre through graduate school (P-20) council and Missouri’s
virtual school, among other important children’s and education initiatives.
June 13, 2006 Signs legislation to create the Vietnam War Medallion Program and other important
Veterans initiatives.
June 15, 2006 Expands eligibility to nearly 5,500 additional Missouri children through the State
Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
June 15, 2006 Initiates a cross agency to improve service and safety at mental health facilities.
June 20, 2006 Launches DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri)
Initiative.
June 22, 2006 Signs budget with second consecutive major funding increase for Missouri schools.
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first significant funding increase in years.
June 28, 2006 Signs Booster Safety Bill to protect Missouri children.
June 29, 2006 Signs 2nd consecutive balanced budget, vetoing $10.4 million in unnecessary
spending.
June 29, 2006 Signs transportation, public safety initiatives including strengthening state’s Move Over
law.
June 30, 2006 Signs executive order establishing Interoperable Communication Committee.
June 30, 2006 Visits Clinton, MO, where a downtown building partially collapsed.
June 30, 2006 Fiscal Year 2006 for Missouri tallies the most significant General Revenue Fund growth
in at least two decades.
July 1, 2006 State begins second fiscal year in a row with balanced budget, starts year with a
significant general revenue balance of $695.3 million.
July 3, 2006 Issues executive order to better manage tobacco settlement money.
July 5, 2006 Lowest number of Missourians on welfare in over a decade.
July 5, 2006 Signs legislation to further protect mourners’ rights by enacting additional restrictions
on protests at funerals.
July 5, 2006 Enacts 10 percent ethanol standard, Missouri becomes fourth state in the country to
enact such a standard.
July 6, 2006 Establishes state commission to honor Abraham Lincoln.
July 10, 2006 Signs legislation to benefit patients, seniors including new provisions governing
residential care and assisted living facilities.
July 11, 2006 Enacts second major pro-life bill, tax credit program to benefit pregnancy resource
centers.
July 12, 2006 Signs ethics reform legislation.
July 13, 2006 Signs eminent domain legislation.
July 14, 2006 Enacts new law to increase access to affordable health care for employees of small
businesses.
July 14, 2006 Begins aggressive advocacy campaign to support St. Louis students, calling for State
Board of Education to examine every alternative for quick action to bring stability to the
St. Louis City Public Schools.
July 20, 2006 Directs all state agencies under his control to provide assistance to storm-battered St.
Louis, activates SEMA to facilitate the state’s response.
July 20, 2006 Issues executive orders to assist storm recovery and clean-up efforts.

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July 21, 2006 Seeks federal assistance for Missourians impacted by severe weather.
July 26, 2006 Calls on Corps of Engineers to reopen Missouri River for navigation.
July 26, 2006 Asks PSC to investigate Ameren’s response to St. Louis storms that left hundreds of
thousands without power for days.
July 27, 2006 Continues advocacy for St. Louis City public school students, supporting State Board of
Education’s decision to call monitoring committee.
July 31, 2006 Introduces new, innovative electronic and secure health records initiative.
August 2, 2006 Receives 98 applications for DREAM Initiative.
August 9, 2006 Accepts nomination to NGA’s Innovation America Task Force for ongoing efforts to
promote Math, Engineering, Technology and Science (METS) learning.
August 17, 2006 Charts a new course for Missouri beef, calls for plan to increase Missouri beef value.
August 17, 2006 Directs that only majority farmer-owned ethanol and biodiesel production facilities
receive discretionary state tax incentives.
August 30, 2006 Convenes emergency risk communication training for Cabinet members to better
prepare the state for emergency.
September 5, 2006 Officially dedicates the home of Missouri’s Department of Agriculture as the George
Washington Carver State Office Building.
September 12, 2006 Takes payday loan operations out of nursing homes.
September 12, 2006 Governor Blunt, METS Alliance finalize action plan for student success.
September 19, 2006 Implements new hiring procedure to verify state employees’ identity and citizenship.
September 21, 2006 Travels to Arizona, meets with Missouri National Guard troops working to secure Mexican
border.
September 22, 2006 Announces Lewis and Clark Water Trail on Missouri River.
September 23, 2006 Declares state of emergency in response to tornadoes, high winds, hail and flooding in
Phelps County as well as the counties of Butler, Crawford, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, New
Madrid, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley and St. Francois.
September 25, 2006 Sends Damage Assessment Teams to 12 counties.
September 26, 2006 Reiterates call for Taum Sauk compensation from Ameren.
September 26, 2006 Announces first annual DREAM Initiative inductees.
September 26, 2006 Visits Perry County to view severe weather, storm destruction.
September 28, 2006 State and Federal E-Government in the United States, 2006 study ranks Missouri 20th,
a 20 spot bump from 2005 study.
October 1, 2006 Missouri Information and Analysis Center goes to 24/7 operation.

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October 2, 2006 Calls for compensation for Missourians for Taum Sauk disaster, noting FERC penalty
does not compensate state’s losses.
October 4, 2006 Mandates that all employees who use state cell phones and other wireless devices
subscribe to receive AMBER Alert information through the AMBER Alert Web Portal.
October 9, 2006 Directs Public Safety to evaluate Missouri school preparedness plans.
October 12, 2006 Hosts Afterschool Summit in Osage Beach.
October 17, 2006 Breaks ground for Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks with First Lady Melanie Blunt.
October 17, 2006 Announces first Tour of Missouri planned for September 2007.
October 18, 2006 Requests federal assistance for Missouri farm families following storm and flood
damage.
October 19, 2006 Participates in school safety Internet broadcast.
October 19, 2006 Receives an “A” grade on the CATO Institute’s biennial fiscal report card, which awards
the highest grades to those who have reduced spending and cut taxes. Governor Blunt
was the only governor in the country to receive an “A.”
October 23, 2006 Unveils enhanced Sex Offender Registry.
October 24, 2006 Breaks ground for new Chillicothe prison.
October 25, 2006 Meets with British Consul General Andrew Seaton and Italian Consul General Eugenio
Sgro.
October 25, 2006 Calls for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to recognize Missouri’s river management
needs.
October 25, 2006 Calls for quick action to protect ethanol interests, calls for Underwriters’ Laboratories
Inc. to certify and approve E-85 fuel pumps.
October 25, 2006 Urges Missouri Congressional delegation to support traditional marriage amendment
following NJ Supreme Court ruling.
October 26, 2006 Expands Homeland Security Teams to enhance school safety, for the first time officially
includes the education community in emergency planning.
November 1, 2006 Missouri Rx (MoRx) program benefits expanded to as many as 60,000 more
Missourians.
November 1, 2006 Launches Chronic Care Improvement Program.
November 9, 2006 Works to protect nation’s historic resources as member of Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C.
November 22, 2006 Grants four pardons.
November 27, 2006 Offers support to Multi-jurisdictional Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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November 27, 2006 Commits Department of Public Safety’s Division of Fire Safety and the Missouri Highway
Patrol to conduct the investigation of Anderson Guest House Fire.
November 27, 2006 Signs executive order calling for Missouri Health Care Responsibility Report.
November 29, 2006 Directs Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Department of
Mental Health to assess and review all safety laws and regulations related to residential
care facilities.
December 1, 2006 Declares State of Emergency in response to severe weather and widespread power
outages, activates Guard, directs resources to aid Missourians.
December 7, 2006 Meets with Missouri Coordinating Board for Early Childhood.
December 8, 2006 Missouri Department of Transportation meets governor’s challenge to overhaul 2,200
miles of highway by the end of 2006.
December 12, 2006 State receives high marks on national preparedness report.
December 16, 2006 Missourians create 45,400 new jobs since January 2005.
December 19, 2006 Issues executive order to protect client safety and improve the delivery of mental health
services.
December 30, 2006 Secures federal disaster declaration following winter storms.
December 31, 2006 Sets new export record in 2006 with $12.8 billion in sales to 191 countries around the
world.
2007
January 4, 2007 Hosts Governor’s Prayer Breakfast with keynote speaker Attorney General John
Ashcroft.
January 4, 2007 Requests disaster declaration for Missouri farm families.
January 9, 2007 Calls for second significant funding increase for Parents as Teachers.
January 9, 2007 Announces plans to fully fund Utilicare for the second year in a row.
January 10, 2007 Unveils Price Compare to help Missourians find the lowest prices on the prescription
drugs they need.
January 10, 2007 Missouri’s enhanced workers’ compensation law upheld in court.
January 11, 2007 Calls for new resources to support Multi-jurisdictional Internet Cyber Crimes Task
Forces.
January 12, 2007 Receives end-of-year reports from several councils he formed to save money for
taxpayers by improving efficiency and cooperation in state government.
January 12, 2007 Appoints bipartisan, Blue Ribbon Panel to recommend reforms to housing agency.

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January 12, 2007 Commends law enforcement who helped find Ben Ownby, a 13-year-old Franklin County
boy missing for five days, as well as Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing since
2002.
January 13, 2007 Declares emergency, activates Guard in response to storm.
January 15, 2007 Visits shelters in Springfield and St. Charles following what emergency workers called
the largest mass care national disaster Missouri has ever experienced.
January 16, 2007 Secures Federal Disaster Declaration following deadly ice storms.
January 16, 2007 Works with Bill McKenna to continue service on Transportation Commission, continues
push for Mississippi River bridge.
January 17, 2007 Emphasizes the importance of Health Care Homes in new health care system.
January 17, 2007 Establishes special state agency teams to help overwhelmed local governments with
ongoing winter storm response efforts.
January 18, 2007 Visits storm damaged communities, lauds active response.
January 22, 2007 Outlines plan to expand health care access for low-income Missourians.
January 22, 2007 Calls for 100 Technology Classrooms in 100 Schools as part of METS Plan.
January 23, 2007 Announces another significant funding increase planned for education.
January 24, 2007 Outlines bold agenda for health care, education and tax relief in third State of the State
Address.
January 26, 2007 Visits Missourians to discuss MO HealthNet replacing the old, broken Medicaid system.
January 31, 2007 Leads charge to improve state’s mental health system, creates Mental Health
Transformation Working Group.
February 2, 2007 Secures USDA approval for assistance for farm families affected by ice storms.
February 8, 2007 Signs Utilicare funding bill to provide energy assistance for Missourians.
February 8, 2007 Identifies $19.5 million in savings that can be used to improve state child care program
and expand services to nearly 3,400 additional children at no cost to taxpayers.
February 11, 2007 Leads trade mission to Mexico to continue progress towards a Customs Port Facility in
Kansas City.
February 15, 2007 Continues advocacy for St. Louis public school students, calls Board of Education’s
decision to pursue the option of forming a transitional school district a step forward.
February 16, 2007 Outlines plan to help families struggling with Autism.
February 20, 2007 Launches Missouri Business Portal with Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
February 20, 2007 Continues work towards Mississippi River Bridge, invites IL officials to meet on plan.

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February 22, 2007 Commends House Resolution to bar state courts from ordering tax increases on
Missourians.
February 26, 2007 Urges Congress to continue funding for a program that expands children’s access to
health care in Washington D.C. with other governors.
March 1, 2007 Launches “I Know Better” (INOBTR) campaign with U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway to
improve Internet safety.
March 1, 2007 Discusses proposal to end the unfair tax on Social Security benefits.
March 1, 2007 Signs Specialist Edward Lee Myers Law.
March 2, 2007 Hosts health care summit with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael
Leavitt.
March 6, 2007 Calls for severe weather drills in all schools after deadly tornadoes.
March 6, 2007 Appoints Judicial Commissioners who understands judicial, legislative roles.
March 6, 2007 Ousts contractor who hired illegal workers, pens executive order to protect Missouri
jobs for Missouri workers.
March 7, 2007 Calls MIAC instrumental in the joint investigation that ultimately led to 22 arrests on
immigration charges.
March 12, 2007 Expands CCIP, Breakthrough Health Care Program, to Sickle Cell Patients.
March 14, 2007 Honors law enforcement and volunteers involved in Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby
rescue.
March 14, 2007 Steps in to protect workers, directs employers to increase base wage for tipped
employees.
March 19, 2007 Expands women’s health program, pulls taxpayer funding from abortion providers.
March 19, 2007 Hosts Summit on Health Care Access and Affordability.
March 20, 2007 Visits Jiffy Lube to emphasize the importance of technology in improving Missourians’
health.
March 21, 2007 Charges child care task force to assess progress on foster care reform.
March 22, 2007 National Governors Association names Governor Blunt to national panel created to
improve nation’s health care system.
March 22, 2007 Continues advocacy for St. Louis public school students, appoints Rick Sullivan as his
representative to the St. Louis Transitional School Board.
March 22, 2007 Signs budget bill to benefit Missouri students, economy, safety, families and
agriculture.
March 22, 2007 Signs legislation to provide Missourians greater choice and lower prices for cable
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March 22, 2007 Protects employee’s wages, signs Fairness in Public Construction Act.
March 23, 2007 Outlines plan to more than double funding for needs-based scholarships.
March 26, 2007 Advocates for Missouri Boeing workers, agriculture in trade mission to Italy.
March 27, 2007 Missouri Business Portal averages nearly 1,500 visitors a day.
March 28, 2007 Information Technology consolidation marks another $1 million in savings.
March 30, 2007 Directs state agency to develop state-of-the-art access to Medicaid Durable Medical
Equipment Program.
April 2, 2007 New laundry system in Corrections saves $500,000 annually, improves energy efficiency
and reduces waste.
April 4, 2007 Requests special committee to evaluate 9-1-1 system.
April 11, 2007 Unveils Missouri Mentor Initiative with Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.
April 11, 2007 Honors Missouri’s fallen firefighters, urges passage of Good Samaritan Law.
April 12, 2007 Missouri certifies one millionth hunter.
April 12, 2007 Tests for GPS monitoring systems underway after governor signs tough legislation to
stop sex offenders.
April 13, 2007 Announces plans to enter two teams in the St. Louis Marathon.
April 13, 2007 Signs bill protecting Missourians’ right to bear arms.
April 17, 2007 Creates Campus Security Task Force to examine the safety and security at Missouri’s
higher education institutions following tragedy at Virginia Tech.
April 18, 2007 Lauds U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
April 19, 2007 Blue Ribbon Panel suggests changes to improve efficiency, transparency at housing
agency.
April 19, 2007 Declares statewide Day of Mourning for Virginia Tech tragedy.
April 25, 2007 Expands efforts to improve services for mental health patients.
April 26, 2007 Launches innovative renewable energy project.
April 26, 2007 Calls for comprehensive study of the state’s Second Injury Fund.
April 27, 2007 Cuts ribbon for Thompson Center for Autism.
May 1, 2007 Signs law to help keep shelves stocked at local food pantries.
May 1, 2007 Missouri Supreme Court upholds parental consent law.
May 2, 2007 Appoints Katie Smith as the Director of the Department of Agriculture, the first woman
to serve in the position in the department’s history.

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May 7, 2007 Activates State Emergency Operations Center, readies for anticipated flooding.
May 7, 2007 General Assembly finalizes governor’s historic higher education plan.
May 8, 2007 Visits flooded area, meets with local emergency coordinators to ensure emergency
resources are reaching those in need.
May 8, 2007 Announces statewide hotlines for assistance, donations for severe flooding.
May 9, 2007 Missouri Virtual Schools opens for registration.
May 11, 2007 General Assembly gives final approval of tax relief to Missouri’s seniors.
May 12, 2007 Surveys mid-Missouri flooding, provides emergency response update.
May 14, 2007 Opens second round of Missouri’s DREAM Initiative.
May 15, 2007 Expands damage assessment request to 16 additional counties.
May 16, 2007 2007 American Business Awards honor Missouri’s Information Technology Consolidation
Initiative.
May 17, 2007 Unveils Endangered Person Advisory Program.
May 18, 2007 MO HealthNet passes General Assembly.
May 22, 2007 Administration assists ICE with immigration sting at processing plant in Butterfield, MO.
May 23, 2007 Signs historic higher education plan including Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative.
May 25, 2007 Seeks federal assistance to help Missourians recover from Spring flooding.
May 29, 2007 Signs budget bill that significantly expands health care access for Missourians.
May 30, 2007 Discusses education, economic development with national panel part of Innovation
America Task Force.
May 31, 2007 More than doubles the funding for Missouri families facing Autism.
June 1, 2007 Signs legislation enhancing safety measures in Missouri’s long term care facilities.
June 1, 2007 Expands health coverage for Missourians, enacts first tax cut to benefit Missouri
families.
June 8, 2007 Signs Good Samaritan Law.
June 11, 2007 Requests that Attorney General Jay Nixon use subpoena power to find sex offenders
using social networking sites.
June 12, 2007 Federal disaster declarations for flood victims approved by President.
June 12, 2007 Strengthens opportunities for Missouri disabled workers, increases funding for sheltered
workshops.
June 13, 2007 Signs legislation providing tax relief for Missouri manufacturing and research, enacts
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June 15, 2007 Provides more than half a billion dollars in new funding to Missouri students and
classrooms over the last three years, delivers third major funding increase for
education.
June 16, 2007 First Lady leads more than 100 participants in Race for the Cure.
June 18, 2007 Launches Internet site for the Missouri River Lewis and Clark Water Trail.
June 18, 2007 Promotes Missouri as global competitor in aerospace and defense industries at Paris
Air Show.
June 19, 2007 Launches grant program to support Math & Science and Health related afterschool
programs.
June 20, 2007 Announces Clean Water Initiative to help Missouri communities.
June 21, 2007 Signs bills that further commitment to enhancing the delivery of services for Missouri’s
children.
June 21, 2007 Tours Cape Girardeau during state earthquake exercise.
June 25, 2007 Unveils plan to open new Springfield Crime Lab.
June 25, 2007 Celebrates opening of Isabel’s House, the Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks.
June 25, 2007 Signs Green Power Initiative.
June 25, 2007 Expedites extradition decree for Christopher D. Vaughn, who was charged with killing his
wife and children in IL.
June 26, 2007 Forms Crime Laboratory Review Commission, enhancing public safety by executive
order.
June 26, 2007 Tackles license plate tab theft with new legislation.
June 26, 2007 Signs economic development bill to promote agriculture in Bootheel region, creates the
Missouri Rice Advisory Council.
June 27, 2007 Signs third consecutive balanced budget, delivering key funding increases to education
among other Missouri priorities.
June 30, 2007 Signs Stolen Valor Act.
July 1, 2007 State begins third fiscal year in a row with balanced budget, starts year with a significant
general revenue balance of $753.0 million.
July 2, 2007 Enact MO HealthNet to provide a better health care program for low-income
Missourians.
July 2, 2007 Strengthens drunk driving laws, closes blood sample loophole.
July 2, 2007 Signs law to protect the safety of those who help carry out Missouri’s death penalty
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July 2, 2007 Awards Internet Cyber Crime Grants to fight Internet predators.
July 3, 2007 Declares state of emergency, activates Guard to help with flooding response.
July 3, 2007 Signs Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act.
July 3, 2007 Signs “Castle Doctrine” protecting Missourians’ right to defend their families from
attack.
July 5, 2007 Ends Social Security cut for thousands of Missouri seniors, enacts third tax cut to
benefit Missourians.
July 5, 2007 Seeks federal assistance to help Missourians recover from Summer flooding.
July 5, 2007 Signs Children’s Services Protection Act.
July 6, 2007 Makes Alternatives to Abortion Program permanent, takes action to keep abortion
providers like Planned Parenthood out of Missouri’s classrooms.
July 6, 2007 Vetoes giant bill packed with excess spending.
July 11, 2007 Pens executive order putting state check book online, launches Missouri Accountability
Portal (MAP).
July 12, 2007 Signs bi-partisan legislation protecting victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse.
July 13, 2007 Signs legislation to create jobs, promote economic development.
July 13, 2007 Signs anti-fraud protections for Missouri home buyers.
July 13, 2007 Signs law making it easier for pharmacists to help patients.
July 13, 2007 Signs law to improve care for infants and children.
July 13, 2007 Enacts law to create new partnerships with faith-based organizations for Missourians in
need.
July 13, 2007 Creates new student loan program for animal agriculture.
July 13, 2007 Signs legislation to expand student loan forgiveness for nurses.
July 13, 2007 Supports Missouri’s military heroes with new legislation to support War on Terror
Veterans.
July 13, 2007 Signs legislation permanently naming Missouri Department of Agriculture headquarters
after George Washington Carver.
July 16, 2007 Signs legislation supporting our military men and women.
July 16, 2007 Signs bill to protect parks from drug distribution.
July 25, 2007 Southern Business and Development magazine gives Missouri and Governor Matt Blunt
high marks for job growth and economic development.
July 26, 2007 Tough stance against fraud recovers $2.5 million for taxpayers.

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July 26, 2007 Receives Supreme Court Panel, plans exhaustive interview process.
July 30, 2007 Reiterates strong support for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP),
urges Missouri’s congressional delegation to reauthorize the program.
August 2, 2007 Directs transportation officials to examine Missouri bridges in wake of tragedy in
Minneapolis.
August 2, 2007 Issues expansive questionnaire to Supreme Court Panel.
August 3, 2007 Job Creation Bill passes General Assembly.
August 10, 2007 Calls special session to fast track bridge improvement plan, economic development
package.
August 13, 2007 Visits Neosho following deadly church shooting.
August 14, 2007 Establishes cooling centers for citizens struggling with high temperatures.
August 15, 2007 Promotes agriculture & conservation with new hybrid and renewable fuel vehicle for
state fleet.
August 16, 2007 Proposes Housing Commission action on illegal immigration.
August 17, 2007 Mental Health Transformation Workgroup seeks public input.
August 17, 2007 Defends pro-life law against threat of lawsuit from Planned Parenthood.
August 18, 2007 Announces partnership to create new state park on Current River, tours area.
August 21, 2007 Unveils Campus Security Task Force recommendations.
August 21, 2007 Supports effort to add e-mails and electronic identities of sexual predators added to
sex offender registry.
August 21, 2007 Board of Governors of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center honors governor
as a champion of children.
August 23, 2007 Appoints Property Rights Czar.
August 27, 2007 Outlines tough new initiatives to enforce the laws against illegal immigration.
August 28, 2007 Issues directive to safeguard tax dollars from illegal workers.
August 29, 2007 Announces ten Missouri communities selected for DREAM Initiative.
August 29, 2007 Missouri Sex Offender Registry honored as best in the nation.
August 30, 2007 Immigration directive leads to detention of illegal immigrant in Camden County.
August 30, 2007 Takes action to assist drought-stricken Missouri counties.
August 31, 2007 Comments on misguided Iowa ruling to allow same-sex marriage, reiterates call for
Congress to act.
September 4, 2007 Missouri Accountability Portal reaches millionth hit milestone.

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September 4, 2007 Honors Vietnam Veterans with the first commemorative Vietnam Veterans Medallions.
September 5, 2007 Signs Jobs Creation bill.
September 5, 2007 Marks new growth, job opportunities for State Capital with prison demolition.
September 5, 2007 Signs legislation to improve plan to repair or replace 802 Missouri bridges.
September 7, 2007 Declares drought alerts, advisories impacting 88 Missouri counties.
September 7, 2007 Selects Judge Patricia Breckenridge from three-candidate panel to Missouri Supreme
Court.
September 7, 2007 Directs Agriculture Department to assist farm families with hay availability.
September 10, 2007 Awards grants for 100 Technology Classrooms in 100 Schools.
September 11, 2007 Inaugural Tour of Missouri begins.
September 11, 2007 Kicks-off inaugural Tour of Missouri.
September 12, 2007 Missouri maintains highest bond rating.
September 12, 2007 Unveils Missouri Heritage Properties Program.
September 12, 2007 Requests federal aid as a result of the August 19-21 severe weather and flash flooding
in southwest Missouri.
September 14, 2007 Landmark higher education initiative receives $230 million for students & classrooms.
September 14, 2007 Workers’ compensation reform measures help decrease workers’ compensation rates
in the state.
September 14, 2007 Call for health care transparency delivers benefits for Missouri families.
September 17, 2007 Issues executive order to renewed Council on Aging to better assist Missouri seniors.
September 18, 2007 Blunt administration receives honor for customer service innovation.
September 21, 2007 Directs Missouri National Guard to reinstate bugler program to honor military heroes.
September 21, 2007 Celebrates grand opening of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Health Sciences
Building.
September 24, 2007 Disaster request approved to help rebuild infrastructure in seven counties from severe
weather and flash flooding in August.
September 25, 2007 Appoints state’s first Emergency Communications Watchdog.
October 1, 2007 Adds information about state tax credits to MAP.
October 2, 2007 Proclaims Sedalia Capital for a Day, offers one-on-one access to state government.
October 4, 2007 Announces new Director of Education and Workforce Innovation position to specifically
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October 4, 2007 Shines light on businesses breaking sales and withholding tax laws, posts names
online.
October 4, 2007 Continues fight to protect Missouri River, stands against intentional soil discharge.
October 4, 2007 DREAM Initiative helps revitalize downtown Hermann.
October 9, 2007 Continues advocacy for St. Louis public school students, meets with his representative
on the St. Louis Transitional School Board.
October 10, 2007 Tests Emergency Alert Network, providing innovative approach to school safety.
October 10, 2007 Seeks rapid approval of action to help enforce immigration laws.
October 10, 2007 Creates Rural High-Speed Internet Access Task Force with executive order.
October 10, 2007 Governor Blunt, First Lady light St. Louis Arch pink to honor Breast Cancer Awareness
Month.
October 12, 2007 Announces official Missouri Poet Laureate position.
October 12, 2007 Calls for funding for Springfield Crime Lab.
October 15, 2007 Landmark higher education initiative distributes first payment to benefit Missouri
students.
October 17, 2007 School funding formula withstands judicial test.
October 17, 2007 Calls for funding to protect sexual assault, domestic abuse victims.
October 18, 2007 Activates State Emergency Operations Center, cautions Missourians after deadly
tornadoes.
October 19, 2007 Recommends $1 million increase for the Missouri Virtual Instructional Program.
October 21, 2007 Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative leads to new nursing building at East Central
College.
October 22, 2007 Calls for a cooperative solution to protect Missouri River interests.
October 22, 2007 MIAC bulletins lead to arrest in copper theft.
October 23, 2007 Announces enhanced notification system to help crime victims.
October 24, 2007 Offers support to prosecutors to enforce laws against illegal immigration.
October 24, 2007 Recommends funding to enhance public safety, support new prison and 300 new jobs.
October 25, 2007 Strengthens Superbug prevention, outreach efforts to protect Missourians.
October 29, 2007 Directs Campus Security Task Force co-chairs to review NWMSU shooting incident.
October 31, 2007 Designates MO HealthNet Oversight Committee.
November 6, 2007 Fitch Report makes Missouri one of six states with three AAA bond ratings.

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November 13, 2007 Names Missourians to the Rural High-Speed Internet Access Task Force.
November 15, 2007 Directs creation of permanent e-mail retention system.
November 15, 2007 Landmark higher education initiative distributes second payment to benefit Missouri
students.
November 16, 2007 Missouri Housing Development Commission responds to governor’s call to take action
against illegal immigration and safeguard Missouri tax dollars from supporting illegal
workers.
November 19, 2007 Announces plan to save anti-meth task forces after Congress eliminates MOSMART
program, calls on Congress to Stop Eliminating Anti-Meth Funding.
November 19, 2007 Seeks solutions to stop copper theft.
November 20, 2007 Signs Kansas City Climate Protection Partnership.
November 21, 2007 Creates Missouri Earthquake Insurance Task Force.
November 27, 2007 Urges the Corps to suspend 2008 Spring Rise until Missouri levees are repaired.
November 27, 2007 Class action lawsuit intended to stop Governor Blunt’s plan to send an additional $335
million for students to Missouri’s colleges and universities dismissed.
November 27, 2007 Announces plan, “No Missouri driver licenses for illegals”.
November 28, 2007 Announces $180 million settlement between state and Ameren for Taum Sauk Reservoir
disaster.
December 3, 2007 Taum Sauk settlement provides opportunity for new state park along Current River.
December 3, 2007 Establishes Agriculture Resources Coordinator to serve as a liaison between the
Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources.
December 3, 2007 Announces plan to help vulnerable families heat their homes this Winter, Utilicare and
LIHEAP.
December 4, 2007 Creates Governor’s Internet Harassment Task Force.
December 5, 2007 Brings one-on-one access, Capital for a Day, to Liberty.
December 7, 2007 Opens Missouri Veterans Gallery in the Missouri State Museum.
December 9, 2007 Initiates emergency response to assist Missourians impacted by severe winter storms.
December 10, 2007 Visits storm-stricken communities.
December 10, 2007 Mobilizes National Guard to Barton County, Columbia.
December 11, 2007 Mobilizes National Guard to Northwest Missouri.
December 11, 2007 Tours area shelters, seeks emergency federal assistance for severe Winter storms.
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December 12, 2007 Visits ice storm damage in Northwest Missouri.
December 12, 2007 Secures Federal assistance in response to ice storms.
December 13, 2007 Calls for death penalty for violent sexual predators.
December 14, 2007 Missouri Enterprise Technology Association names governor as the Technology
Statesman of the Year.
December 17, 2007 Missourians create 87,900 new jobs since January 2005.
December 17, 2007 Landmark higher education initiative distributes third payment to benefit Missouri
students.
December 18, 2007 Launches Education to Workforce Internet Site.
December 18, 2007 Announces funding to expand health services for over 80,000 Missouri women.
December 18, 2007 Gets results with call to stop property tax increase on farmers.
December 19, 2007 Missouri receives high marks on national preparedness report.
December 19, 2007 Signs components Midwestern Governors’ Association Energy Security and Climate
Stewardship Platform.
December 23, 2007 Grants six pardons.
December 28, 2007 Missouri’s Emergency Management Agency program earns full national accreditation
and recognition.
December 31, 2007 Adds state employee salaries to Missouri Accountability Portal.
2008
January 1, 2008 Renewable Fuel Standard takes effect.
January 2, 2008 Scholarship increase benefits more than 37,000 students.
January 3, 2008 Unveils plan to promote alternative fuel use.
January 8, 2008 Activates SEMA Operational Center as deadly storm continues.
January 8, 2008 Appoints Walter Bargen as Missouri’s first-ever Poet Laureate.
January 9, 2008 Judge finalizes Taum Sauk settlement.
January 10, 2008 Hosts Governor’s Prayer Breakfast with keynote speaker Father Mike Coleman.
January 10, 2008 Calls for ignition lock devices for repeat drunk drivers as a condition of driver license
reinstatement.
January 11, 2008 Less than 1,000 highway deaths recorded in 2007, the lowest since 1993.
January 14, 2008 Budget for 2009 again recommends that a portion of the expected revenue be saved
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January 15, 2008 Delivers fourth State of the State, sets priorities for education, health care access and
fighting illegal immigration.
January 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes fourth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
January 15, 2008 MO HealthNet participants benefit from progress on Health Care Homes.
January 16, 2008 Visits to governor’s MAP Internet site top three million.
January 18, 2008 Fights to block a federal plan that will divert a significant portion of the Missouri River
out of its natural channel into North Dakota.
January 22, 2008 With promises fulfilled, announces he will not seek a second term.
January 24, 2008 Seeks federal assistance in wake of winter storm.
January 29, 2008 Designates Children’s Vision Commission.
January 30, 2008 Appoints Missourians to serve on the Comprehensive Entry Point System for Long Term
Care committee.
January 30, 2008 Signs legislation enhancing Missouri’s commitment to conservation.
January 30, 2008 Tour of Missouri’s economic impact tops a staggering $26.2 million, as tourists and
cycling fans from around the world visited Missouri for the six-day race.
February 1, 2008 Signs Utilicare bill helping Missourians in need with winter heating bills.
February 1, 2008 Brings one-on-one access, Capital for a Day to Farmington.
February 1, 2008 Saves anti-meth task forces, signs MoSMART legislation to fight meth.
February 5, 2008 Secures federal assistance in response to winter storm.
February 7, 2008 Announces plan to end unfair local property tax increases for Missouri homeowners.
February 8, 2008 Lowers flags in honor of Kirkwood shooting victims.
February 12, 2008 DREAM Initiative generates more that $200 million in total investment.
February 12, 2008 Activates state agencies, guard for disaster response.
February 13, 2008 Mobilizes National Guard to support storm recovery.
February 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes fifth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
February 19, 2008 Expands Missouri Alert Network to colleges and universities.
February 28, 2008 Signs partnership with Illinois to build new Mississippi River bridge.
February 29, 2008 Seeks federal assistance for 18 counties impacted by February storms.
March 6, 2008 Creates Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

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March 11, 2008 Missouri Art Education Association awards Otto Bean Art Advocacy Award for Governor
Blunt’s commitment to the arts.
March 11, 2008 Accepts Missouri Corn Growers Association President’s Award.
March 11, 2008 First Lady Melanie Blunt hosts First Lady Awards.
March 13, 2008 Secures nearly $4 million for Missouri Veterans’ Homes.
March 13, 2008 Signs bill to fund engineering partnership for university students in Springfield and
Rolla.
March 14, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes sixth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
March 14, 2008 Brings one-on-one access, Capital for a Day, to Carthage.
March 17, 2008 Immigration directive leads to detention of 202 illegal immigrants since August 2007.
March 18, 2008 Activates state agencies, Guard for disaster response.
March 18, 2008 Works to safeguard Missouri River interests, calls on Corps to cancel Spring Rise.
March 19, 2008 Seeks expedited federal assistance for Missourians in 70 Counties impacted by floods
and severe weather.
March 20, 2008 Files legal brief supporting death penalty for violent sexual predators.
March 20, 2008 Announces expedited federal assistance for 70 counties approved.
March 24, 2008 Helps lead bipartisan trade mission to China.
March 25, 2008 State hits record pace for tax returns processed, refunds issued.
March 26, 2008 Governor Blunt, China’s Investment Promotion Agency and Trade Development Bureau
sign agreement to promote Missouri trade.
March 27, 2008 Governor Blunt, St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie
Dooley sign aviation agreement with China to consider St. Louis as Hub for new trade
route.
April 1, 2008 Activates state agencies following severe weather including high winds, hail, tornadoes,
flash flooding, and flooding.
April 1, 2008 Visits to governor’s accountability Internet site top five million.
April 3, 2008 Establishes multi-agency coordination center to help with flood efforts.
April 9, 2008 Missouri Pharmacy Association presents the Legislative Leadership Award to Governor
Matt Blunt.
April 9, 2008 Announces 47 Missouri counties approved for disaster public assistance for March
flooding.
April 11, 2008 Brings one-on-one access, Capital for a Day, to St. Charles.

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April 12, 2008 National Conference of State Legislatures reports Missouri is one of only 13 states
projecting stable or optimistic revenue outlooks for 2009.
April 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes seventh payment to benefit Missouri
students.
April 18, 2008 Leads first of six roundtable discussions with education and business leaders throughout
the state.
April 22, 2008 Signs bill delivering funding to make critical repairs for Missouri Governor’s Mansion.
April 24, 2008 Missourians respond big to governor’s request to become organ donors.
April 24, 2008 Lawsuit reform achieves big dividends.
April 28, 2008 Governor Blunt again named Top 10 People Who Made a Difference by Southern
Business and Development Magazine.
April 29, 2008 Announces new resource to assist expectant mothers, reduce abortion.
April 30, 2008 Extends executive orders in response to March flooding, prepares for more severe
storms.
May 1, 2008 Signs legislation bringing career professionals into Missouri classrooms.
May 2, 2008 Activates state agencies, works to ensure safety of Missouri families.
May 2, 2008 Lawsuit reform is curbing abuse by trial lawyers.
May 6, 2008 Governor Blunt’s budgets increase education funding by $1.2 billion over four years.
May 8, 2008 Announces opening of 2008 DREAM Initiative.
May 11, 2008 Activates state agencies and National Guard to support recovery efforts from deadly
tornadoes.
May 12, 2008 Proactive immigration directive leads to detention of 250 illegal immigrants since
August 2007.
May 12, 2008 Visits tornado ravaged southwest Missouri.
May 15, 2008 Katy Trail State Park inducted into Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.
May 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes eighth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
May 16, 2008 Stands up for traditional marriage following California ruling.
May 16, 2008 Signs law to making money available for classrooms.
May 16, 2008 Seeks two federal declarations for Missourians impacted by May tornadoes.
May 19, 2008 Directs state agencies to continue catastrophic earthquake planning.
May 21, 2008 Takes action, signs law, to help law enforcement track down metal thieves.

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May 22, 2008 Brings one-on-one access, Capital for a Day, to Branson.
May 28, 2008 Announces USS MISSOURI Commissioning Committee.
May 29, 2008 Breaks ground for new health and science facility at North Central Missouri College
made possible by the landmark higher education package.
May 30, 2008 Americans for Prosperity Foundation honors governor with an award for his work to
lower taxes and promote economic prosperity in Missouri.
June 2, 2008 Embarks on Show-Me Tourism Tour with First Lady Melanie Blunt and son William
Branch.
June 4, 2008 Access Missouri Scholarship program distributes more than $72 Million to students.
June 4, 2008 Marks anniversary of Corps of Discovery with dedication of Lewis and Clark Trailhead
Monument on Show-Me Tourism Tour.
June 5, 2008 Signs legislation encouraging donations for breast cancer services.
June 6, 2008 Signs “Ethan’s Law” to enhance water park, pool safety.
June 6, 2008 Signs legislation benefiting Missouri’s farmers and ensuring that agriculture continues
to thrive in Missouri.
June 6, 2008 Signs legislation expanding opportunity and encouraging economic growth in Willard.
June 9, 2008 National watch group ranks Missouri legal climate 10 spots higher following Governor
Blunt’s lawsuit reform.
June 10, 2008 Signs legislation to track potential meth manufacturers.
June 11, 2008 Signs legislation to improve access to education for Missouri military families.
June 11, 2008 Signs legislation to protect homeowners from unscrupulous mortgage practices.
June 11, 2008 Signs premier economic development bill, positions state to build on job growth.
June 11, 2008 Signs two State of Emergency executive orders in response to severe weather
systems.
June 12, 2008 Announces expanded access to health insurance coverage.
June 13, 2008 Faith-Based Initiative offers tools to better prepare Missouri for emergency response
with first symposium in a series of symposia across the state.
June 16, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes ninth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
June 17, 2008 MAP honored with American Business Award.
June 18, 2008 Visits State Emergency Operations Center, monitors flood levels and state response.
June 18, 2008 Calls out nearly 700 National Guardsmen and women to help battle flood.

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June 19, 2008 Directs $2.3 million to higher education, calls for funds to enhance economic
development.
June 19, 2008 Enacts law to improve response to emergencies.
June 19, 2008 Signs legislation requiring that flags flown on state property be American made.
June 20, 2008 Assesses Mississippi River flooding.
June 23, 2008 Receives 2008 National Award for State Arts Leadership at the 76th Annual U.S.
Conference of Mayors.
June 23, 2008 Eases state mandates to protect access to emergency care.
June 25, 2008 First Lady Melanie Blunt hosts A Luncheon with the First Ladies.
June 25, 2008 Announces expedited major disaster declaration for 22 Missouri counties.
June 26, 2008 Signs legislation to improve employment laws, safeguard jobs.
June 26, 2008 Signs legislation reaffirming Missouri’s support for the Second Amendment.
June 26, 2008 Kicks off repairs critical to Missouri Governor’s Mansion with First Lady.
June 26, 2008 Signs legislation supporting local law enforcement.
June 27, 2008 Signs responsible budget that will benefit Missouri families, supports their values, lives
within the taxpayers’ means and reflects their priorities.
June 27, 2008 Assesses Winfield levee breach, Mississippi River flooding, visits with Missourians hit
hardest.
June 27, 2008 Delivers $1.2 Billion increase for Missouri students over four budgets.
June 27, 2008 Signs legislation expanding access to higher education for Missouri students.
June 30, 2008 Takes actions to protect Missourians from identity theft.
June 30, 2008 Signs legislation helping to improve the lives of Missourians living with Autism.
June 30, 2008 Enacts legislation to safeguard Missourians from Internet harassment.
June 30, 2008 Signs legislation requiring sexual predators to register e-mail addresses.
June 30, 2008 Secures funding for new State Crime Lab in Springfield.
July 1, 2008 State begins fourth fiscal year in a row with balanced budget, starts year with a
significant general revenue balance of $835.8 million.
July 1, 2008 Signs legislation recognizing community colleges’ important role in higher education.
July 2, 2008 Missouri’s Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health receives federal approval.
July 2, 2008 Takes action to end unfair local property tax increases for Missouri homeowners.
July 2, 2008 Signs legislation for safer and cleaner Missouri water.

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July 3, 2008 Signs tough drunk driving legislation requiring repeat offenders to install ignition
interlock devices.
July 3, 2008 Signs law that lowers the legal intoxication limit from .1 of one percent to .08 of one
percent to improve watercraft safety.
July 7, 2008 Tours community devastated by Mississippi River flood with Secretary Chertoff.
July 8, 2008 Signs legislation protecting Missouri families, tax dollars from illegal immigration.
July 9, 2008 Alliance for Life-Missouri, Inc. honors governor with an award.
July 10, 2008 Enacts Show-Me Green Tax Holiday.
July 10, 2008 Signs legislation guaranteeing that all Missouri public schools students will have access
to the A+ Schools Program.
July 11, 2008 Signs most extensive deregulation of voice over Internet protocol service in the
nation.
July 11, 2008 Signs first in the nation life-saving measure for heart attack and stroke patients.
July 11, 2008 Signs legislation making it easier for Missourians to become organ donors.
July 14, 2008 Leads trade mission to discuss opportunities available in Missouri for international
trade and partnerships.
July 14, 2008 New Internet application for MO HealthNet is now available.
July 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes tenth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
July 16, 2008 Missouri reports both revenue growth and new savings while other states see red.
July 16, 2008 Nine other states join Missouri in new education compact for military children.
July 23, 2008 Announces assistance for 30 counties impacted by June floods.
July 23, 2008 Forms state-federal flood recovery steering committee.
July 24, 2008 Administrative Hearing Commission provides Missourians’ online access to cases.
July 25, 2008 Promotes Missouri’s biotechnology sector during trade mission.
July 28, 2008 Directs action to safeguard against feral hogs.
July 29, 2008 Moves forward to better protect vulnerable Missourians from abuse and neglect.
August 1, 2008 Faith-Based Initiative offers tools to better prepare Missouri for emergency response
with sixth symposium.
August 1, 2008 Ball State University’s Bureau of Business Research ranks Missouri as the best state in
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August 1, 2008 Faith-Based Initiative hosts three symposiums to engage faith communities in ongoing
efforts to prepare for emergency response.
August 6, 2008 Signs legislation designed to protect important children’s programs from red tape and
to expand adoptive families’ access to special services when needed.
August 6, 2008 Seeks federal assistance for 23 counties for July severe weather, floods.
August 6, 2008 Cuts ribbon for new Chillicothe Correctional Center, a project envisioned and secured
under his leadership.
August 9, 2008 Discusses initiatives to build a highly skilled workforce at the 2008 Annual Meeting of
the Southern Governors Association.
August 12, 2008 Forms Missouri Aging Out Task Force.
August 13, 2008 Governor’s Accountability Internet site surpasses 10 million hits.
August 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes eleventh payment to benefit Missouri
students.
August 20, 2008 Continues advocacy for St. Louis public school students in meeting with Rick Sullivan,
Chief Executive Officer of the Special Administrative Board of the Transitional School
District of the City of St. Louis.
August 20, 2008 Energy review begins as part of Missouri’s successful application to be included in
Greening the State Capitols Initiative.
August 21, 2008 Showcases innovative green project to save energy, heat Missouri prison.
August 21, 2008 Receives panel of three Supreme Court candidates as presented by the Appellate
Judicial Commission.
August 25, 2008 New driver license showcases Organ Donor Registry.
August 30, 2008 Sends over 500 Missouri National Guardsmen and women to Louisiana for Hurricane
Gustav response, announces shelters.
September 1, 2008 Expands Missouri’s National Guard support in Louisiana to nearly 1,300.
September 8, 2008 Kicks-off second Tour of Missouri.
September 9, 2008 Homeland Security K-12 Safe Schools Working Group helps Missouri schools remove
dangerous chemicals.
September 9, 2008 U.S. Census reports Missouri uninsured declines by 43,000 largest drop in 8 years;
household income also gains.
September 9, 2008 Receives Building A Greater Kansas City Award.
September 11, 2008 Announces 2008 DREAM Communities.
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September 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes twelfth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
September 15, 2008 Visits Missouri Troops in Kosovo.
September 15, 2008 National Council on Compensation Insurance indicates workers’ compensation reform
measures enacted by Governor Blunt in 2005 helped decrease workers’ compensation
rates in Missouri by nearly 8 percent.
September 18, 2008 Commemorates Missouri’s role in Civil War with new historic site at location of Battle of
Island Mound.
September 18, 2008 Launches Heroes at Home.
September 19, 2008 eMINTS/METS Classrooms Grant Initiative awards $1 million to benefit 50 classrooms.
September 22, 2008 Three hundred illegal immigrants detained in Missouri since governor’s directive.
September 25, 2008 Directives on state vehicles land $15 million in reimbursement savings for taxpayers.
September 25, 2008 Proclaims Macon Capital for a Day, offers one-on-one access to state government.
October 1, 2008 Launches Energy Tour; showcases alternative energy partnership to save taxpayers
money.
October 1, 2008 Governor Blunt, First Lady light St. Louis Arch pink to honor Breast Cancer Awareness
Month.
October 3, 2008 Inks agreement with ICE to combat illegal immigration.
October 6, 2008 Automotive Fleet Magazine bumps Missouri’s alternative fuel use ranking from 59th in
2007 to 12th in 2008 thanks to Governor Blunt’s innovative policies to increase the
use of the alternative fuel vehicles in the state vehicle fleet.
October 9, 2008 Launches new Internet portal to assist Missourians with questions about disability
resources.
October 10, 2008 Secures $3 Million funding increase for Arts, solidifies Missouri’s place among national
leaders.
October 14, 2008 2008 Tour of Missouri boasts economic impact of $29.8 million.
October 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes tenth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
October 15, 2008 Selects Judge Zel Fischer from three person panel to serve on the Missouri Supreme
Court.
October 16, 2008 Assigns Mental Health Division new name, removes “mental retardation” from title.
October 21, 2008 Signs executive order establishing the Complete Count Committee.
October 23, 2008 Signs order to prepare for Pandemic Emergency.

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October 23, 2008 Opens new state-of-the-art Troop C headquarters for the Missouri State Highway
Patrol.
October 24, 2008 Celebrates new opportunity for State Capital with groundbreaking for Federal
Courthouse.
November 10, 2008 Visits with Japanese Businesses in New York to promote Missouri.
November 12, 2008 Calls on Corps to reconsider ill-advised spring rise, advocates for Missouri River
interests.
November 13, 2008 Signs executive order that will both protect the environment and promote Missouri
tourism.
November 13, 2008 Announces September flooding disaster declarations approved.
November 14, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes thirteenth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
November 19, 2008 Launches new energy tax break, certification for home energy auditors.
November 21, 2008 Missouri Statewide Disaster Responder Notification System operational.
November 24, 2008 Signs historic bistate water agreement with Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas.
November 24, 2008 First phase of restoration efforts and repairs at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion
completed.
November 26, 2008 Responsible budgeting carries Rainy Day Fund to $555 million.
December 12, 2008 Unveils new program to provide mental health care for families of veterans.
December 15, 2008 Landmark higher education initiative distributes fourteenth payment to benefit Missouri
students.
December 15, 2008 Participates in Ribbon Cutting for new State Crime Lab in Springfield.
December 15, 2008 Marks start of Katy Trail connector to Kansas City.
December 15, 2008 Finalizes Missouri’s electoral vote for President.
December 16, 2008 Missourians create 70,800 new jobs since January 2005.
December 22, 2008 Releases Earthquake Insurance Task Force Report.
December 24, 2008 Grants four pardons and allows parole hearing.
2009
January 2, 2009 Urges next governor and General Assembly not to go back to the education cuts of
the past. Warns against attempts to divert Proposition A gaming money away from
education.
January 8, 2009 Hosts Governor’s Prayer Breakfast with keynote speaker U.S. Attorney for the Eastern
District of Missouri Catherine Hanaway.
January 12, 2009 Term as governor ends.

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