House Republicans have denied Governor Holden access to the Rainy Day Fund to cover a $200-Million shortfall in the current budget. After a long day of debate, the final tally fell 15 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. Representative Bill Gratz of Jefferson City predicted lay-offs and furloughs of state workers if emergency reserves aren’t used. But, Representative Rod Jetton of Marble Hill said it is time for the state to cut spending. All the House Democrats voted for the measure. Only seven Republicans voted for it.
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