House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is pleased Governor Holden has decided to sign the education bills. She calls it a victory for Missouri taxpayers and for those who have called on state government to live within its means. Hanaway says she is glad the issue was resolved before the beginning of the fiscal year, when numerous legal issues would have arisen should the state have entered the new year without an education budget. As for the rancorous nature of the special legislative session, Hanaway says the budget battle between Republican legislative leaders and Governor Holden, a Democrat, were more philosophical than political. She says the special session simply brought to the forefront the differences between how the two political parties think about government. Hanaway says now the legislature must turn its attention toward the next fiscal year.
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