Holden takes aim at lawmakers who voted against Rainy Day Fund

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers who opposed a plan to use emergency funds to offset a $230 million budget gap are "sabotaging the public good," Gov. Bob Holden said Tuesday.

Holden spoke to 150 students and faculty at Lee's Summit High School about the Rainy Day Fund legislation, which would allow the state to use $120 million from its emergency savings to shore up government through the end of June.

Holden's plan failed in the House last week because of Republican opposition.

Because of that, Holden has announced new cuts to state colleges and universities and said about 6,000 employees would be asked to work two days without pay.

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