Missouri House committee backs increase in veterans funding

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 9:54 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House veterans committee has endorsed a plan to boost funding for state-operated veterans' homes by cutting the amount of money available for state lottery prizes.

The legislation was backed Tuesday in a 12-0 vote. It would affect funds from different sources and for different programs. It would cut lottery prize funds by about 3.5 percent and put the money toward early childhood education programs that currently get funds from the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Gaming Commission money that now goes to early childhood education would be used instead to increase funding for veterans' homes and for certain Missouri National Guard benefits.

A fiscal estimate included with the legislation said cutting the amount of available prize money could hurt sales of state lottery ticket.


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