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The Kansas City Star, Mo. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
May 23--JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--Missouri Gov. Bob Holden said Thursday that he would veto the budget that lawmakers sent him for public schools.
With that action, the Democratic governor has pledged to reject the four principal bills in the state budget. He is expected today to announce the date of a special legislative session to redraft the spending plan for public schools, higher education, social services, and mental health and senior services.
Holden called on lawmakers to place a tax or other revenue increase on a statewide ballot so voters could choose between higher taxes and reduced government services.
To emphasize the precarious state of the government's finances, Holden said, he will also announce adjustments to the budget for the current …