St. Louis Public Radio News
10:31 am
Wed June 4, 2003

House Committee Endorses Employee Cuts

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri House committee endorsed a
budget plan today that would eliminate about 540 state employees. Their salaries would be used to fund the health and social programs they help oversee.

Republican legislative leaders say the plan would cut bureaucracy in response to Democratic Governor Holden's call to
restore cuts to vital government services.

Holden wants lawmakers restore the cuts by asking voters for higher taxes. But his proposal has been ignored by majority
Republicans at the current special session, which began Monday.

The House Budget Committee endorsed revised versions of the four budget bills Holden vetoed.

The full House is to consider the bills tomorrow.