St. Louis Public Radio News
11:12 am
Wed May 7, 2003

Lawmakers Need More Money to Balance Budget

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House and Senate conferees have
come up with a slightly unbalanced budget.

And the plan could force Governor Holden to make more cuts, or lawmakers to approve new revenues.

The Legislature already has trimmed many parts of the budget, including funding for public schools and social services.

Negotiators agreed today on a spending plan that needs between $150 million and $200 million more revenue to balance.

Over-all, the proposal would spend about $19 billion next fiscal yeaer.

The Constitution requires lawmakers to pass a budget by this Friday. But they have until next Friday's end of the session to pass revenue-raising measures to help pay for the budget.