Gov. Jay Nixon concerned about funding for Missouri veterans' homes

Monday, April 30, 2012 | 2:13 p.m. CDT; updated 7:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 30, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon said 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.

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