The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 30, 2012

Nixon concerned about money for Mo. veterans homes

From The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon says funding for Missouri veterans homes is in jeopardy under a budget being considered by state lawmakers.

Nixon used a Capitol news conference Monday to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that will provide the money needed to continue running state nursing homes for military veterans.

A budget plan passed last week by the Senate assumes veterans homes will receive about $32 million from a new dedicated funding source. But legislation needed to enact that dedicated funding source is still pending in a Senate committee.

Lawmakers have until May 11 to send the governor a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. They have one additional week after that to pass a bill authorizing a dedicated funding source for veterans homes.