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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of November 12, 2001

 


. State budget $70 million short, layoffs possible (11/16/01)
JEFFERSON CITY - If current trends continue, state revenue will miss its target by $70 million. Sales taxes are down slightly, but the biggest concern according to Missouri Budget Director Brian Long is lower revenue from individual income tax.

But because Gov. Bob Holden has already withheld $323 million from this year's budget, additional cuts will be difficult. To counter the lower revenue, the state may have to lay off employees, Long said.

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    . Ball Rolling on Campaign Finance, Election Reform (11/15/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate held its fourth committee to reform election law and campaign finance, but the question remains: is the ball rolling on the two topics that have been deemed a priority by several top state officials?

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    . MoDOT report: while current transportation funding is acceptable, future increases are needed (11/13/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation presented its annual report to the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight Tuesday afternoon.

    Director Henry Hungerbeeler told the committee that the department is "in good hands," but will need to increase funding by approximately $1 billion each year in order to fund all of the state's transportation needs.

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    . Holden awards veterans honorary diplomas (11/12/01)
    JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Bob Holden gave honorary diplomas to three Missouri veterans who left school during World War II to enter the military.

    The diplomas are part of Operation Recognition, which was established this year by the legislature. Through today, 150 veterans have applied and qualified for the honorary degree, which is issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    The recipients of the diplomas were Lawrence Barry, 76, of California; the late Kenneth Proctor of Russelville; and Louis Wilson, 75, of Jefferson City.