The four republican gubernatorial candidates took part in a televised debate in late March, where they answered questions from moderators and from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The first question focused on Missouri’s unemployment and poverty rate, and what each candidate would do to attract higher paying jobs to Missouri.

The candidates mostly agreed on policies, but chose to emphasize different aspects of those policies…

Catherine Hanaway’s response included a specific five-point plan to bring in more jobs. These points were: reducing and simplify Missouri’s tax code, passing “right-to-work” legislation, freezing all new regulations that concern businesses, appointing conservative judges and working for meaningful tort reform and training Missouri’s workforce for the jobs that are out there…

The debate moderators also asked the candidates their opinions on raising the minimum wage.

Hanaway again mentioned her five point plan, saying taking those steps to bring in more jobs is more important than raising the minimum wage. What wasn’t productive, she says, is not having a unified minimum wage for the entire state.

“I think the worst thing that we could possibly do, in terms of being competitive with others states and bringing more jobs to Missouri is to piecemeal raise the minimum wage. For Columbia to have one minimum wage, for St. Louis to have another, for Kansas City to have a third,” Hanaway said…

While the candidates mostly agreed with each other on economic policies and many other issues discussed during the March debate, greater differences between the republican candidates may emerge as the August primary election draws near.

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