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US Senator Kit Bond was in Springfield Tuesday to talk to business leaders about the economy. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
U-S Senator Kit Bond was in Springfield Tuesday to talk to business leaders about the economy.
More than 20 small business owners gathered at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Headquarters to talk about a wide-range of issues including taxes, high gas prices, and immigration.
Bond, a Republican, told the group that the local economy is doing well, despite some economic challenges.
Bond credits Republicans in Congress with stimulating the economy with capitol gains tax cuts.
Critics say now is not the time to cut taxes with increasing demands on the budget because of healthcare costs and the war in Iraq.
Among the issues that business leaders raised at Tuesday's roundtable discussion was high energy costs.
Greg Henslee is CEO of O'Reilly Auto Parts.
He says it's important for policymakers to understand that higher fuel costs impact local businesses.
Another issue that business leaders discussed with Bond was immigration.
Bond told the group that he hopes negotiators working on the immigration bill will keep in a provision to extend employment opportunities in the U-S to international students who come here for high tech training.
The stop in Springfield is part of a statewide tour by Bond to promote Republicans' tax relief plan, which includes a repeal of the estate tax.