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Democrats announce economic plan

December 12, 2005
By: Dustin Blanchard
State Capital Bureau

House Democrats announced their 2006 economic agenda Monday.

Dustin Blanchard tells us about some of their proposals from the state Capitol.

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House Minority leader Jeff Harris proposes giving Missouri companies an advantage in bidding for state contracts.

Under his proposal, a Missouri company could bid five-percent higher than an out-of-state firm, and still be considered the lowest bidder.

Harris says the extra costs are less than the potential benefit to Missouri's economy.

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Contents: "We think its worth it, its certainly a good return on investment for taxpayers in this state if even one contract that would've gone out of state stays in state."

The Governor's office didn't comment on the specific proposal, but said Missouri's economy is strong.

Blunt announced a one billion dollar commitment by Daimler Chrystler in the state.

The Democrats also proposed lifting the sales tax on automobiles made in Missouri.

From the state Capitol, I'm Dustin Blanchard

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Missouri Democrats and the Governor disagree about the state of the State's economy.

Dustin Blanchard has more from the state Capitol.

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House Minority Leader Jeff Harris announced the Democrats' 2006 economic platform.

He proposed giving Missouri companies a 5-percent advantage in bidding for state contracts, and lifting sales tax on automobiles made in the state..

Harris says the moves are necessary, he says Missouri lost more jobs in September than any other state besides hurricane-ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana.

But Blunt spokesperson Jessica Robinson says the state has gained jobs under the governor.

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Contents: "Today Governor Blunt celebrated and worked with Daimler Chrysler to announce a huge economic development package, economic development opportunity for our state.

The automaker promised to put more than a billion dollars into its Missouri plants.

From the state Capitol, I'm Dustin Blanchard