Governor Bob Holden’s chief opponents in the upcoming election are trying ot make some political hay out of the recent release of state money that had been withheld for nearly a year. Republican Matt Blunt, the Secretary of State, says he’s not angry at the state budget planners who backed last year’s withholding of state funding. But Blunt does blame Governor Holden for trying use the withholding of nearly $200-Million in education money to get people to vote for more tax increases. Holden’s main Democrat opponent, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, says the amount of time the money was held tells her the Governor was trying to use it as a tool against legislative Republicans. For Holden’s part, he indicates he’s not surprised any of his political opponents would be trying to cash in on what he felt was a fiscally prudent decision a year ago.
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