MO Governor Upbeat on State's Economy

JANUARY 12, 2006 - Posted at 2:03 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Governor Blunt tells lawmakers in his second State of the State address that Missouri's economy is far stronger than it was a year ago.

The Republican governor gives much of the credit to the policies promoted by him and approved by the Republican-led House and Senate.

Blunt said lawsuit reform and regulatory relief, along with a tightening of government operations, helped lift the state from a billion dollars of red ink to a surplus.  In short, Blunt says, "the sun has risen in Missouri."

And unlike last year, when he proposed broad cuts in state government and its programs, Blunt's budget plan for the year that starts July 1 leaves government services intact.

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