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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of May 19, 2003

 

. The Missouri legislative session begins June 2. (05/23/03)
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Bob Holden announced Friday that he will make June 2 the starting day for the legislature's special session.

Holden said he would veto no further budget bills other than those he announced earlier -- for education, higher education, health, mental health and welfare.

The governor said he would include plans for raising taxes and revenues to finance the extra spending he wants lawmakers to approve, but was not prepared to release his specific recommendations.


. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway says Governor Holden has failed to lead the state (05/21/2003)
JEFFERSON CITY - Hanaway says by vetoing 3 budget bills, Holden is putting the burden of balancing the state budget on taxpayers.

Governor Holden's decision to veto the mental health, higher education and social services budget makes him the first governor in the state's recorded history to veto three budget bills.

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. Columbia legislators react to this year's session (05/20/03)
JEFFERSON CITY - Columbia lawmakers, all of whom are Democrats, found themselves playing new roles in this year's Republican controlled legislature.
. Holden to veto mental health budget and call special session (05/19/2003)
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Holden said the mental health budget proposed by the legislature does not reflect his values and denies vital services to thousands of mentally and physically disabled people.

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