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The House Budget Committe Approves Legislation for Desegregation that could impact St. Louis Voters

May 4, 1998
By: Adrienne Huth
State Capital Bureau

The House Budget Committee has approved for House debate the school bill designed to resolve the St. Louis school desegregation case. Adrienne Huth has more from Jefferson City.

The bill includes a provision requiring St. Louis city voters to increase the sales tax or property tax to get increase state school funds.

St. Louis Represnative Louis Ford says he is opposed to that section in the bill:

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Contents: " I hope the citizens of St. Louis be with me in this battle to help protect their tax dollars."

Ford says it's wrong to impose the hardship of a tax hike for schools on senior citizens, who cannot afford the tax levy.

The measure is awaiting debate in the House.

Reporting for KMOX, I'm Adrienne Huth.


Missouri's House Budget Committee has cleared for full House debate legislation designed to provide a settlement to the St. Louis school desegregation case. Adrienne Huth has the story from Jefferson City.

The bill has sparked opposition from a handful of black lawmakers -- including St. Louis Representative Louis Ford.

Ford says he's opposed to a provision in the bill backed by the governor that would require the city to increase school taxes to get extra state funds:

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Contents: "The governor is wrong. He's been wrong. And he gets a F again today."

The desegregation bill cleared the Senate earlier this year after extended debate.

With less than two weeks left in the session, the bill faces an uncertain future in the House.

Reporting for KMOX, I'm Adrienne Huth.