St. Louis Public Radio News
1:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2003

House Republicans outline new budget plan

Jefferson City, MO – House Republicans released a budget plan Tuesday that would pump more money into education. It also would lay off hundreds of state employees to increase spending on the human services they oversee.

The latest budget proposal came during the second day of a special session called by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden. He wants lawmakers to reverse previously approved spending cuts and ask voters for higher taxes.

But House Budget Committee Chairman Carl Bearden says the new proposal does not include any tax increases. Instead, the additional money will come from some expected federal funds and the proposed state job cuts.