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      School officials pleased with veto session

      Columbia School Superintendent Chris Belcher said his district could have lost 4 to 7 million dollars a year if Missouri lawmakers overturned the governorâ??s veto.

      Columbia Public School administrators are pleased with the outcome of yesterdayâ??s veto session.

      Missouri lawmakers failed to override the governorâ??s veto of a tax cut bill that could have reduced funding for education and public services.

      Governor Jay Nixon made his final public appearance against House Bill 253 at Columbiaâ??s Fairview Elementary School yesterday.

      Columbia School Superintendent Chris Belcher said his district could have lost 4 to 7 million dollars a year if Missouri lawmakers overturned the governorâ??s veto.

      Belcher said the battle for state education money is not over.

      Belcher said, â??Every year, we get caught in the middle of this political football of trying to plan a 5 year budget projection and do all of the things that we need to do for a growing school district, but there is so much uncertainty on how much we are going to get over the next 5 years, that makes the budgeting process extremely hard.â??

      Belcher said the results of the veto session allow his district officials to plan on sufficient state funding for the next budget year.

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