Walker Discusses Veto of School Vouchers

Walker Discusses Veto of School Vouchers

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Governor Olene Walker is pledging to give disabled kids a good education if she has to go out and raise the money herself.

Walker made that promise today to a small group of parents at Utah's only elementary school for autistic children.

Walker was at the Carmen Pingree School in Salt Lake City.

The governor struggled to explain her stand-off with legislators. Walker vetoed a bill providing 1.4(M) million dollars for parents with disabled kids.

Walker says there's a constitutional problem with that approach, but she has her own solution to help kids. The governor wants to give the money to private schools directly instead of to parents.

But Walker needs to get agreement on a budget change from legislators, who are in no mood for compromise. Instead, legislators are looking for enough votes to override Walker's veto.

That's left the governor in a holding pattern, unable to tell parents when or if the money will become available this year.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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