The state has more than $1.3-Billion in bills to pay in the next two months and does not have the money to do it. The Missouri Senate has tentatively agreed to let state government borrow money from its reserve funds and to dip into the tobacco settlement money to make ends meet. Senate Appropriations Chairman John Russell says one agency eats up 20 percent of the state budget and money for it is often a life or death issue. After final Senate passage, two-thirds of the members of the House have to agree with the plan before the state can have that money to pay itsbills.
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