St. Louis Public Radio News
2:17 pm
Tue February 11, 2003

Republicans Tout Small Business Board

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republicans in Jefferson City are pushing a plan they say will create jobs in Missouri. Legislation heard Monday in House and Senate committees would create a new Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board, made up of small-business owners.

The board would help advise state agencies on how to regulate small businesses. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway says the plan would cut red tape that keeps firms from creating jobs.

But some Democrats accused the GOP of paying campaign debts to business owners, saying it's not fair to let businesses help regulate themselves.