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Holden to Make Another Budget Announcement Today

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Mo. Gov. Bob Holden

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Bob Holden is expected to make another budget announcement this morning.

That follows Monday's announcement that Holden will veto the budget bill for the departments of health and mental health.

The governor says cuts approved by legislators would deny services to 5,800 people with developmental disabilities. Cuts also could eliminate psychiatric services for 3,200 adults and 800 emotionally disturbed children.

Holden says he'll call lawmakers back for a special session on the budget, but he hasn't yet set a date.

A special session would cost the state about $98,000 a week. Republican leaders say Holden is playing politics with the budget. They call a special session 'pointless.'

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