Posted: Apr 30, 2012 1:58 PM by Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - 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.