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Blunt starts transition to governor's office

November 4, 2004
By: Evan Godt
State Capital Bureau

Governor elect Matt Blunt announced Thursday that his Transition Director will be Ken McClure, his high school Sunday school teacher. Evan Godt has more from the Secretary of State's office.

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Ken McClure has spent time on the senate appropriations committee as well as the public service commission.

Blunt also said McClure was instrumental in his campaign for governor.

McClure says that work has already begun in preparing the budget for next year.

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Contents: We take that very, very seriously and that will be a priority as we begin work on that.

Blunt said that he will announce later what role, if any, McClure will have on his staff after transition.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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Governor elect Matt Blunt revealed this morning (Thursday) that his Transition Director will be Ken McClure. Evan Godt (Got) has more from Jefferson City.

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Ken McClure's past duties included years on the public service commission and senate appropriation committee. He was even Blunt's Sunday school teacher when he was in high school.

McClure said he looked forward to working with his former student.

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Contents: I've known him for a long time. He's a superb public servant and the state is indeed fortunate to have him as the governor and I think we'll be using the next several weeks to make sure we're ready to go when innaguration comes in January.

McClure's said his first duty will be preparing the budget for next year.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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Governor elect Matt Blunt announced changes to Missouri's budget this morning (Thursday) as he introduced his Transition Director. Evan Godt (Got) has more from the Secretary of State's office.

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Ken McClure, former state senator and Blunt's high school Sunday school teacher, will assist Blunt as Transition Director.

Blunt said the first priority will be to prepare the budget for next year. He will begin by making cuts in what he believes to be unnecessary spending like closing Missouri's Washington D.C. office.

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Contents: I don't believe we need a Washington D.C. office. We've got a number of lobbyist in Washington already. They're called congressmen; senators. We need to rely on them to represent Missouri's interest in our nation's capital.

Blunt says he will also cut spending on non-emergency vehicles and repeal Governor Bob Holden's order to give flu immunizations to state employees.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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Governor elect Matt Blunt said he wants to reform Missouri's education budget during a speech this morning (Thursday) to introduce his transition staff. Evan Godt (Got) has more from Jefferson City.

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Blunt said that his current priority is preparing the budget for next year, including fixing Missouri's education budget.

Some Missouri schools seeking funding have gone to court to demand restructuring the education budget.

Blunt said he is concerned for the schools but hopes that courts don't have to be involved and won't dictate what the state does.

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Contents: We're talking about what I believe is the most essential thing state government does, which is provide assistance to public school districts all across the state.

Blunt hope for a bipartisan effort in Jefferson City to help recalculate Missouri's school funding formula.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.