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Budget Deadline Draws Closer

May 2, 2002
By: Johnathan Woodward
State Capital Bureau

Time is running out on the 2003 Missouri budget.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri's 2003 budget faces a constitutional deadline at 6 p.m. on Friday May 10th.

If the House and Senate versions of the budget aren't compromised by then, the legislature must hold a special session.

But House Speaker Jim Kreider hasn't yet assigned representatives to work on the conference committees for 7 of the 12 budget bills.

Kreider says he's not worried about time:

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House Republican Leader Catherine Hanaway says the budget should be moving faster--but she says Kreider is responsible for pushing the schedule to a special session.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


Missouri's 2003 budget is up against the clock.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri's Constitution says the state budget has to be passed by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10th.

But House Speaker Jim Kreider hasn't assigned committee members to work out differences on most of the budget bills.

House Republican Leader Catherine Hanaway says Kreider is acting like a dictator in trying to get his way:

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But Kreider says one week will be plenty of time to get the budget passed, and he says a special session will not be necessary--unless Hanaway and House Republicans continue to oppose using money from the Rainy Day Fund in the budget.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


Time is slipping on Missouri's 2003 budget--and partisan rhetoric is increasing.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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6 p.m. on Friday, May 10th is the constitutional deadline for Missouri's 2003 budget.

If the budget isn't done by the deadline, it goes to a special session. And as that deadline gets closer, partisan finger pointing is underway.

Democratic House Speaker Jim Kreider says Republican Leader Catherine Hanaway is to blame for bringing the budget to the wire:

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And Hanaway says the delay is Kreider's fault:

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Only Kreider is expressing optimism that the budget will be finished on time.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.