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Treasurer May Exclude Family Planning Center From Program.

September 29, 2005
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri State Treasurer may exclude family planning centers from a state funded low interest loan program.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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State Treasurer Sarah Steelman says that the expanded program will provide nearly three quarters of a billion dollars to banks for low interest loans.

But when asked, Steelman said family planning centers may not be able to participate in the program.

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"The legislature has made clear that they do not want any tax dollars funding family planning clinics or abortions. So I think it's a legitimate concern as to whether you would be placing a deposit, or a loan would be used to do that."

Steelman says she will not exclude an application from a family planning center, but that a criteria does exist for all businesses applying for a loan.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.