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Holden to veto mental health budget and call special session

May 19, 2003
By: Elizabeth Gill
State Capital Bureau

Governor Holden says he will veto the mental health budget and call the legislature into special session.

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Surrounded by diabled children, Governor Holden said the budget would fail to deliver vital services to the mentally and physically handicapped.

He says the voters should have the chance to consider tax increases to balance the budget as he proposed in January.

Holden says he does not believe the budget passed by the legislature reflects the values of the people of Missouri:

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Contents: "Missourians are compassionate people, yes we're conservative, yes we're frugal but that budget wasn't conservativee, it wasn't balanced and it wasn't compassionate."

Republican leadership in the house and the senate have said repeatedly they will not create a different budget proposal if the governor calls a special session.

The Governor would not say which of the other budget bills he will veto and would not describe the specifics of his tax increase plan.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Gill.


Date: May 19, 2003

Date: May 19, 2003

By: Elizabeth Gill

State Capital Bureau

Governor Holden says he will veto the mental health budget and call the legislature into special session.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

Surrounded by diabled children, Governor Holden said the budget would fail to deliver vital services to the mentally and physically handicapped.

He says the voters should have the chance to consider tax increases to balance the budget as he proposed in January.

Holden says he does not believe the budget passed by the legislature reflects the values of the people of Missouri:

Actuality: compass
RunTime:
OutCue:
Contents: "Missourians are compassionate people, yes we're conservative, yes we're frugal but that budget wasn't conservativee, it wasn't balanced and it wasn't compassionate."

Republican leadership in the house and the senate have said repeatedly they will not create a different budget proposal if the governor calls a special session.

The Governor would not say which of the other budget bills he will veto and would not describe the specifics of his tax increase plan.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Gill.


Surrounded by mentally and physically disabled children, Governor Holden announced he will veto the budget for mental health services.

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Holden says the budget submitted by the general assembly does not reflect his values.

He said he will call the legislature into a special session to revise the budget.

Holden says the cuts to the mental health budget would deny care to thousands of disabled people.

The budget plan Holden presented in January would raise taxes to avoid cuts.

Holden said he thinks the people of Missouri would support a tax increase even though voters rejected 3 tax icreases proposals in the last year:

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Contents: "I think when Missourians understand the choices made by the people of Missouri ..."

Republican leadership in the general assembly has repeatedly said they would pass the same budget if the Governor called a special session.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Gill.