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House Interim Committee Investigates Job Losses

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – In January 2003, Missouri lost 77,000 jobs leading the nation in total workforce decline.

Interim committee vice-chairman Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) says in order to position the state for success, lawmakers must focus on several factors including improving workers' compensation laws and tort reform:

"If we just say our only problem is revenue and we go out and raise taxes on businesses, we think that makes other states look more attractive," Dempsey said. "So we need to be very careful in how we come up with these budget solutions."

The committee will meet in Kansas City October 28 and in southeast Missouri November 18.

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