St. Louis Public Radio News
3:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2003

Mental Health Workers Protest Proposed State Cuts

St. Louis, Mo. – A group of Missouri mental health workers spoke out against proposed state budget cuts Thursday at the St. Louis Metropolitan Psychiatric Center.

They say 18 part-time psychiatrists face layoffs at the facility, which would mean the closure of its emergency room.

Rose Weisbrod is a mental health caseworker in St. Louis. She says there are other ways legislators can make up the budget shortfall.

"Close the tax loopholes! That's what they need to do," Weisbrod said. "They need to recognize that we are a force to be reckoned with, and we are going to stand up, and we voted their happy selves into congress, we can vote their happy selves right on out."

Republican House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has maintained Missourians do not want any tax hikes.