St. Louis Public Radio News
1:33 pm
Tue June 17, 2003

Budget Negotiators Reach Agreement

Jefferson City, MO – Legislative negotiators have struck a new
deal on the state budget.

The latest budget plan would provide more money that originally proposed to public schools and nursing homes. It also would avoid some cuts in medical care for the poor, elderly and disabled.

The agreement relies on an influx of federal money -- not the tax increases and other new revenues proposed by Governor Holden.

It also eliminates about 100 state employee positions and puts the savings into mental health and social services.

Lawmakers are in a special session because Holden vetoed about two-thirds of the expenditures included in the budget passed last month.

A revised budget plan must be in place before the July first start of the state fiscal year.