A dispute about how best to create a job-friendly business environment defines much of the debate in the Capitol. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway faults Governor Bob Holden for not doing enough to remove what she sees as barriers to job growth. Though Missouri once led the nation in job loss, that trend has reversed and the state has been gaining jobs. Hanaway credits the policies of President George W. Bush, rather than those of Governor Holden. Hanaway says the House has concentrated on the jobs issue the last two years by passing business regulation reform, changes in the state litigation system and an overhaul of the workers compensation system. She says the Legislature has been frustrated in its efforts by vetoes from Governor Holden.
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