The president of one of the state’s largest teacher-lobby groups says he doesn’t like the nearly $200-Million withhold Governor Bob Holden has made from the education budget, but he says it was necessary. Greg Jung says the Legislature sent the Governor an unbalanced budget, and he had to cut. Jung chastises lawmakers for not sending to a vote of the people a tax increase proposal. He admits three other tax proposals were defeated in the previous year. But he says his polling data show a vast majority of Missourians now would pass tax increases to fund education. A spokesperson for the state NEA says the only poll to support Jung’s contention she could find was done last January, and she cautions that was nearly six months before the contentious debate over the revenue shortfall.
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