Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt outlines his economic policy in a series of campaign stops throughout the state. Portions of the policy sound familiar to those observing the state legislature the past few years, especially the last two years as vetoes by Governor Holden have blocked Republican attempts to change the state litigation rules and ease small business regulations. Blunt rejects claims by Democrats that work needs to concentrate on medical malpractice, not broad-range litigation reform, insisting the two can’t be separated.And Blunt disagrees with charges by Democrats that what he calls litigation reform would simply restrict the average Missourian’s access to the courts. Blunt’s economic package encompasses much more that his call for litigation reform, but he says reining in huge jury awards in civil lawsuit cases is the most important thing state government can do to improve Missouri’s business climate.
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