Governor Carnahan enters the House Chambers to thank leadership for work on the transportation bond issue and lobby a bit during the last week of the legislative session. Carnahan says thanks are owed House leaders who have pushed the $2-billion bond issue to the brink of passage. And he says he’s pleased with legislative work on the budget, completed last week. Carnahan says the transportation bond package and legislation on the tobacco settlement are his main priorities as the session comes to a close. And his presence might help those issues along. The governor says budget work this session emphasizes how important it is to separate the billions coming the state’s way from the tobacco settlement so it will be spent on health care and anti-smoking programs. He says too many lawmakers sought to siphon off portions of the settlement for various pet projects.
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