|Intro:||Secret meetings on Missouri's ailing budget raise Republican concerns.|
Wrap: Governor Jay Nixon spoke with legislators behind closed doors Tuesday, trying to solve Missouri's massive budget deficit.
Blue Springs Republican Representative Bryan Pratt complained of a lack of transparency by Nixon's administration.
|Description: "It doesn't seem like you're working together when you're having a bunch of secret meetings out there. Why wouldn't you just get everybody together, open it up and let's talk about the budget. There has to be more transparency, because right now we are seeing absolutely no transparency in the process and it's frustrating."|
Democrats countered Pratt, saying these meetings were business as usual.
Missouri currently faces a four to 500 million dollar budget deficit.
Democrats say they hope to reach a consensus in two weeks.
From the State Capitol, I'm Scott Kanowsky.
|Intro:||Democrats are unfazed by secret budget meetings held by Governor Jay Nixon.|
Wrap: Democrats saw no problem with Governor Nixon's closed door negotiations on Missouri's huge budget deficit today.
Columbia Representative Democrat Chris Kelly.
|Description: "That's always going to go on in private, those conversations. If they reach some conclusion, than the conclusion will be publicly aired."|
One Republican says Nixon's meetings are not transparent--but the House Budget chairman acknowledged the cuts will be so deep private meetings must be held.
Springfield Representative Democrat Sara Lampe said Republicans hold these secret meetings, too.
Democrats voiced a desire to reach a consensus in two weeks.