Governor Bob Holden has vetoed four budget bills in four consecutive days. Today he plans to wrap up his review of the budget and, perhaps, set the date for a special legislative session. The Governor this week has vetoed the budget bills funding health, mental health, social services, higher education and education – four announcements in four days. A fifth announcement is scheduled for today. Holden says he hopes to announce he has completed his review of the budget bills and, perhaps, set a date for a special legislative session to reconsider his proposal to raise enough revenue to avoid the budget cuts. The package includes taking a tobacco tax to a vote, increasing the tax on gambling boats, ending certain business tax breaks and placing an income tax surcharge on Missourians making more than $200,000 a year. Holden says an awareness of the impact of the budget cuts will change people’s minds and change lawmaker votes.
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