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Holden to Veto Budget, Order Special Session

Missouri Gov. Bob Holden
(KWMU Staff photo)
Missouri Gov. Bob Holden


Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden is getting out his veto pen.

Governor Holden said today that he will veto the budget bill that provides money for the departments of health and mental health.

The Governor is citing cuts approved by legislators that he says would deny services to 5,800 people with developmental disabilities. He says the cuts also could eliminate psychiatric services for 3,200 adults and 800 emotionally-disturbed children.

Governor Holden says he will call lawmakers back for a special session on
the budget. But so far, he has set no date for a special session.

The Governor says he is still studying other parts of the budget -- and more vetoes could be forthcoming.

The budget is supposed to take effect July 1.


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