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House passes budget

April 14, 2005
By: Meghan Kloth
State Capital Bureau

After three days of debate, the House passed the state budget. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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In the house version of the budget, more money would be alloted to fund education.

But ocial ervice programs would receive three-hundred and seventy million dollars in cuts.

Democrat John Burnett from Jackson County said the cuts would devaste Missourians.

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"It is unfair to pass a budget that literally kills people in this state. When we cut healthcare for people, we actually shorten their lifespan."

But Springfield Republican Brad Roark says the cuts are choices that have to be made.

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"This is a responsible budget. There have been responsible efforts to help fix the situation."

The budget will now be taken up by a Senate Commitee. From the state Capitol, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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With the May 6 deadline fast approaching, the budget moves into the Senate. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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After two days of debate, the House voted to pass their version of the budget.

Under the budget, more than one-hundred and seventy million dollars would be added to education.

But Clarence Democrat Wes Shoemyer says the additional money is not enough to educate children in the state.

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"We have to do better. Our kids only get one chance and we can never, ever fail to let them down."

According to Budget Chair Brad Lager, the budget shows education is the top priority.

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" We have taken the responsibility seriously. Education is, and will continue to be, our number one priority."

While education would get more money, social service programs would receive more than three hundred and seventy million dollars in cuts.

From the State capitol, Meghan Kloth

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