Mo. Lawmakers Back Funding Plan for Veteran Homes

6 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, May 09 2012 May 9, 2012 Wednesday, May 09, 2012 12:39:07 PM CDT May 09, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that guarantees a dedicated funding stream for veterans' nursing homes.

The bill approved Wednesday would earmark casino fees to the state-run facilities that house more than 1,300 military veterans. Early childhood programs that had been funded by the casino fees would instead get money from Missouri's share of a nationwide tobacco settlement. The bill also bans the implementation of a quality rating system for child care centers.

The veterans' funding measure still needs a final vote from the House before it can go to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Passage of the bill could help clear a logjam that has been holding up Missouri's $24 billion budget plan. Lawmakers have until Friday to send the budget to Nixon.

 

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