Missouri budget includes aid for disasters

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 4:29 p.m. CDT; updated 6:09 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The total bill won't be known for a while, but Missouri's budget director said the state should be able to help cover the costs of responding to the recent flooding and tornadoes in southern and eastern Missouri.

When federal disaster declarations are issued, the federal government typically covers about 75 percent of the costs of responding, with the state providing 10 percent and local governments the rest.

Missouri's budget for both this year and next includes $1 million for the state share. But that allotment is an estimate, meaning the state has the authority to pay more if necessary.

State budget director Linda Luebbering said Missouri has always met its disaster aid obligations and should be able to do so in this case as well.


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