Republican react to Nixon's budget
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Republican react to Nixon's budget

Date: January 29, 2009
By: Brian Jarvis
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: House Republicans are saying the governor's budget proposal relies too heavily on a federal government bailout. Brian Jarvis has more from Jefferson City.

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House Republicans agree with Governor Jay Nixon's budget proposal because it doesn't raise taxes. But that's where the agreement ends. 

House Budget Chair Allen Icet of St. Louis County says Nixon is counting on an 800 million dollar bailout from the federal government to balance the books.

And Icet calls that is "bad budgeting."

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Description: We obviously have no idea how much money we will receive because they're different plans. We obviously have no idea when the money will arrive. And we obviously have no idea on what strings if any will be attached.
 

In response, Democrats say it's a common practice to use federal money for ongoing programs.

From the capital, I'm Brian Jarvis, 1120 KMOX News.


Intro: In the face of Republican criticism, Democrats defend the governor's budget proposal which includes a federal government bailout. Brian Jarvis has more from the capital.    

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House Republicans are saying Governor Jay Nixon's budget proposal relies too heavily on an 800 million dollar federal government bailout. But Democratic State Senator Joan Bray of St. Louis County says it's perfectly acceptable to use federal money for ongoing operations.  
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Description: I see no reason for Missouri not to use that money. I see every reason for Missouri to use that money to stabilize the services we provide for people during a very difficult economic time. 

At the same time, Republicans are asking what's going to happen in 2011 when the federal bailout money runs out. Democrats say that as the economy slowly improves, less money will be needed. 
From Jefferson City, I'm Brian Jarvis, 1120 KMOX News.