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House approves pre-kindergarten care

February 17, 1998
By: Melissa Phillips
State Capital Bureau
Governor Mel Carnahan's early childcare proposal scored a major victory in the House.

Melissa Phillips reports from Jefferson City.

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The proposal... which would set aside money from gaming admission fees to establish preschool education programs in public schools... passed easily in the House.

Governor Mel Carnahan says he is pleased to see the bill received support from both Republicans and Democrats.

Actuality:Governor Mel Carnahan
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OutCue: ...did come through."
Contents: "This is a big hurdle today. We thought it was getting support. There's nothing quite like testing it. That's what happened today and that broad support did come through."

Governor Carnahan says the House vote is a good sign that Missouri will be able to provide more and better quality pre-kindergarten care.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting.

Date: February 17, 1998

By: Melissa Phillips

State Capital Bureau Governor Mel Carnahan's early childhood care plan won the latest round in the House.

But as Melissa Phillips reports from Jefferson City... the battle is far from over.

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The House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would set aside an estimated 60-million dollars from gaming admission fees to provide pre-kindergarten care in public schools.

But over in the Senate, there are concerns about the reliance on the gaming gate fees.

Senator Ken Jacob says there's already a lawsuit over whether the gaming boats are legal.

Governor Carnahan though, doesn't seem worried.

Actuality:Governor Mel Carnahan
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OutCue: ...seen that interest."
Contents: "We know he has some issues over the use of the gaming gate fee. I think its limited to Senator Jacob. We have not seen that interest by others."

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting.

Date: February 17, 1998

By: Melissa Phillips

State Capital Bureau Governor Mel Carnahan's early childhood care proposal cruised easily through the House, but it could run into a road block in the Senate.

Melissa Phillips reports from Jefferson City.

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Governor Carnahan's proposal would provide early pre-kindergarten care in the public school system.

Senator Ken Jacob though, says he's concerned the public school system is already trying to do too many things, and that they're not doing those things very well.

Actuality:Senator Ken Jacob
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OutCue: ...this one too."
Contents: "It's almost mind boggling to think we're going to say. You've got all these problems and by the way can you take this one too?"

Jacob also questions whether the public school system would nurture these young children, or simply warehouse them.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting.


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