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Missouri scores well in state government study

By KWMU/Associated Press

St. Louis, MO – Missouri has received one of the highest grades in a new national report card looking at the performance of state government.

The Pew Center on the States report gives Missouri a B-plus, behind just three other states. Neil Johnson, the director of the project, says states were graded on a range of areas from budget and finance to roads and bridges.

"The leading states are really states where there has been a sustained, long-term commitment to improving state management performance, taking an evidence-based, information-based approach across Democratic and Republican governors and legislatures."

Missouri's highest score was the A it received for how it uses information. That grade was awarded based on the extent of data collected to help policy makers steer long-term planning.

Illinois received an overall grade of C, which is better than only New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The Pew Center cited weaknesses with Illinois' budget, its long-term money outlook and training and developing workers, among other flaws.

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