Blunt Emphasizes Economy and Healthcare
Democratic lawmakers fear Blunt will continue to cut such things as healthcare because Republicans still control the state House and Senate.
But, House Minority Leader Jeff Harris of Columbia is confident he can push his party's ideas through this session. He says his party's goals started Wednesday night with a promise from Blunt to improve the economy.
"Certainly, we'd like to see a big, bold visionary plan for turning our state's economy around, since we have the ninth-worst unemployment rate in the country," explained Harris. "We are lagging behind most of the country in job growth. There aren't enough jobs. There aren't enough good jobs."
But, Republicans say, Democratic suggestions last year to improve the economy offered no real help.
"Their only solution was to have an $800 million tax increase," said Republican Sen. Kevin Engler of Farmington. "So, for every man, woman and child that's paying taxes, they would've had about a $400 tax increase and that would not have flown."
The State of the State starts at 7 p.m. on KOMU-TV.