The Legislature has completed work on revamped versions of the four budget bills vetoed by Governor Bob Holden. A busy day in the budget battle began with a House-Senate conference producing agreements on re-done versions of the four bills. It was followed by House approval, and finally, the Senate approved the last of the legislation. Senate Leader Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau says the Governor is getting the best he can hope for. But, Senate Democratic Leader Ken Jacob of Columbia disagrees, and things the Governor should veto the bills. Republicans and Democrats disagree over whether the budget being submitted to the Governor is balanced. Republicans say with the federal windfall from the economic stimulus package, there’s more than enough money for the state to meet its needs. Democrats insist there’s a shortfall of at least $200-Million. They say without additional revenues, further withholdings will have to be made. The budget bills are being sent to Governor Holden on Wednesday.
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