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Missouri House begins budget debate

April 12, 2005
By: Victor Roberto
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 2

The Missouri House has turned its attention to the state budget.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri House is getting its first chance to debate next year's budget.

Missouri lawmakers have made it through just four sections of the state's budget.

The 13 budget bills cover everything from education to health care.

To change the budget, lawmakers have to choose areas to cut money from...and then move the money to different programs.

Changes include cuts to social services, but more money will go to elementary and secondary education.

Columbia Rep. Jeff Harris set the Democrats' tone for the discussion.

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Contents: This is a budget that denies opportunity...a budget that denies self-reliance...a budget that denies independence.

Democrats and Republicans have six hours each to make their remarks and changes to the budget.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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Missouri lawmakers are debating how the state should spend its money.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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Republicans say they are giving 170 million more dollars to education...but Democrats say it isn't enough.

The Missouri House spent most of its time on education spending in the state.

Democrats say the budget is too small for the state's growing needs.

Rep. Wes Shoemyer says the budget only pays for 86 percent of the state's educational needs.

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Contents: It is wrong for this body to expect 110% out of our kids and our schools and our teachers when we're only willing to commit 86%.

Democrats and Republicans have six hours each to debate the budget.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.