St. Louis Public Radio News
9:34 am
Fri February 11, 2005

Blunt Offers Plans He Says Will Help Small Businesses

St. Louis, MO. – Governor Matt Blunt visited three Missouri cities Friday to tout his plans to help small businesses.

Speaking at an industrial parts distributor in north St. Louis, Blunt said he's encouraged by the legislature's consideration of workers' compensation and litigation reform.

The governor said the state should follow a two-pronged objective.

"Changing that day to day cost of being an entrepreneur in our state by adjusting the business climate in a positive way and then crafting specific incentives that will give Missouri the competitive edge," Blunt said.

The governor said Missouri must encourage minority participation in state contracts, adding his office is reviewing a court order suspending the requirement that a certain percentage of each contract go to minority-owned businesses.