An effort to give Governor Holden the option of taking $53-Million from the Rainy Day Fund to avoid further budget cuts falls far short of the votes it needs in the House. The proposal fails on an 87-70 vote. It needed a two-thirdsmajority, or 109 votes. House Republican leader Catherine Hanaway of Warson Woods defends Republican opposition to the idea against criticism from St. Louis Representative May Scheve. Hanaway argues economic times might change andthe need for emergency reserves diminish. Scheve tells Hanaway she’s sticking her head in the sand. The budget now is in the hands of the Senate, about $53-Million short of the projected revenue needed to cover expenses.
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