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Budget Proposal gives back Senior Programs

March 11, 2002
By: Rebecca Gannon
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's governor has proposed restoring some three-million dollars in elderly programs that he had recommended be cut back in January.

Rebecca Gannon has the story.

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A three-million dollar surplus found in the Senior Pharmacutical program is now being used to supplement other senior services.

Lieutenant Governor Maxwell has long been a strong advocate of senior's rights and this new proposal has him praising Holden.

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OutCue: "...proud to have done that."
Contents: Maxwell says he's glad things worked out

The proposed amendment will fund programs such as senior in-home services and home delievered meals.

Rebecca Gannon, Jefferson City.


Governor Holden nixed senior programs early this year, and came under attack from both sides. Now he's had a change of heart, and changed his mind.

Rebecca Gannon has more in Jefferson City.

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Holden caught flack from both sides of the Capitol with his budget cuts, says Lt. Governor Maxwell.

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OutCue: "...critical of the cuts."
Contents: Maxwell says both sides are critical of Holden

State Budget Director Brian Long disagrees with Maxwell.

He thinks Holden's new proposed amendment for the elderly has nothing to do with politics.

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OutCue: "... about politics."
Contents: Long: Holden has full democratic support.

In either case, senior citizens come out on top, winning back programs that offer home delivered meals and in home services.

Rebecca Gannon, Jefferson City.


A surprise windfall of 3 million dollars and a proposed amendment to the budget makes continuing Missouri elderly programs a possibility.

Rebecca Gannon has more from Jefferson City.

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Governor Holden cut senior programs in January when he announced statewide budget reductions.

But an excess amount of money set aside for Senior pharmaceuticals made the governor stop and rethink his actions.

When a third party announced its medical cost would be lower than anticipated, Missouri suddenly had 3 million extra dollars in its budget.

State Budget Director Brian Long explains what could become of the money.

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OutCue: "... for senior services."
Contents: Long describes what will become of the surplus.

If the proposed amendment passes, the reinstated senior services would include home delivered meals and in home services.

Rebecca Gannon, Jefferson City.