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Governor Holden lobbies Senators for support of his budget plan

April 14, 2003
By: Elizabeth Gill
State Capital Bureau

Governor Holden met with senate republicans to generate support for his budget plan, which includes tax increases to plug the budget shortfall.

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The Governor emphasized the urgency to address the shortfall, given consituional deadline to pass a budget is less than a month away.

Holden says the House proposed plan which includes cuts with no tax increases would have too deep an impact on the state.

He asked for a response to his plan to cover the budget shortfall, which includes a combination of cuts and tax increases.


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Contents: "I presented a plan in January on where that revenue would come from and how we could go about doing it. If they've got a better plan, I need to see it."

Senate Republican John Dolan says he would consider going to the voters with a revised gaming and cigarette tax, and says there is no number of cuts that will cover the budget shortfall.

From the state capital, I'm Elizabeth Gill, KMOX news.


Governor Holden lobbied to Senate Republicans for support of his budget plan, which includes a combination of program cuts and tax increases.

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Holden criticized the House plan that includes only program cuts and no tax increases.

Holden says the House plan would have too dramatic an effect on seniors, the women's health initiative and mc plus for kids.

Republican Senator John Dolan says he likes what he describes as either-or proposal:

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Contents: "We'll fund you at 5 million or we'll fund you at 3 million if the people approve a certain tax. You gotta go to the people clearly with that and tell them what a yes means and what a no means.

Senate Pro Tem Peter Kinder says he expects the senate appropriations committee act on the budget this week.

From the state capital, I'm Elizabeth Gill, KMOX news.