Greitens highlights importance of economy in crime plan

Gov. Eric Greitens spoke about his high-profile prescription drug monitoring program and St. Louis crime plan in an interview last week with St. Louis Public Radio.

Citing the city’s high per-capita rate of violent crime, Greitens said his program aims to direct state resources to stopping violence in St. Louis.

The first-year Republican governor addressed the importance of the business community, as well as economic and educational opportunity, in curbing crime.

He said his administration had been working on boosting the economy.

“First of all, we signed right to work legislation. This is actually really important to put Missouri on the map, to let people know that Missouri was open to business again,” Greitens said. “And I can tell you, from working with businesses who are selecting the sites where they might build and invest, Missouri is now on their list. Missouri is now a place where they’re thinking about coming.”

Greitens also pointed to a ranking, released earlier this year by the American Tort Reform Association, that rated St. Louis as the nation’s worst “Judicial Hellhole,” or venue where lawsuits increase the cost of doing business.

“We’re taking on nasty trial lawyers who have been driving businesses out of the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri,” Greitens said.

He also said that when the state has more jobs and more opportunities, it would help people at a very basic level.

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