Governors team up on Disagree Better Initiative

Governor Mike Parson joined with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to announce their participation in the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Disagree Better initiative. Launched in July, Disagree Better is a yearlong initiative to help Americans learn the skills of healthy conflict. The effort aims to change the political behavior of both voters and elected officials, showing that the right kind of conflict often leads to better policy, can be more successful politically than negative campaigning, and is the pathway to restoring trust in our political institutions. Both Governors recently sat down at Q39 Midtown for some Kansas City BBQ to discuss areas of common ground as well as how to disagree better. “It’s important to us to work together with our peers in Kansas to support the growth of the entire Kansas City Region,” Governor Parson said. “In 2019, we came together to end the Kansas City Border War and to support the relocation of two key USDA agencies to Kansas City. In 2021, we collaborated on the National Security Crossroads initiative. While there are plenty of things we do agree on, we understand that there are plenty that we don’t too. As the 2024 election cycle heats up, we want to show the people of Missouri and Kansas that even when we disagree, we can disagree better.”