HEADLINES : Missouri
Budget Deadline Drawing Near for Missouri Lawmakers
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - The deep divisions among Republicans erupted again as the deadline approaches to pass the state's budget.
Efforts to move the state's budget along in the legislative process got delayed for a few hours Tuesday by the small renegade group of state Senators who have objected to the Senate's budget process.
Members of the group of nine warned of potential filibusters before the May 11 deadline for passing the budget if their demands were not met in negotiations with the House on the final version of the budget.
Ultimately, the Republican dissidents agreed to sending the budget to a ten-member House-Senate negotiating committee.
House and Senate Republicans also continue to be divided on many issues in the budget, including the passage of a $70 million tax amnesty program. The program would give people who have not paid their taxes a grace period to pay up without penalty.