Change of Heart: Missouri Governor to Sign Education Bills

Shields, Yvette
June 2003
Bond Buyer;6/30/2003, Vol. 345 Issue 31667, p38
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Missouri Governor Bob Holden announced on June 20, 2003 that he would sign education bills passed by the Legislature, even though they are identical to measures he had previously vetoed over concerns that they shortchange the state's elementary and secondary schools and higher education. Holden's decision ends a budget stalemate between the Republican-dominated Legislature and the Democratic governor. Holden vetoed a handful of major bills in the original $19 billion fiscal 2004 budget lawmakers approved this past spring. Lawmakers returned for a special session and reached compromise agreements in all areas but education before adjourning last week. Holden again vetoed the education bills, saying they leave a shortfall in the budget that would force him to cut $240 million from education funding.


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