Bi-Partisan Commitee Wants Nixon to Include Disaster Relief in Special Session
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Bi-Partisan Commitee Wants Nixon to Include Disaster Relief in Special Session

Date: September 8, 2011
By: Matt Evans
State Capitol Bureau

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Governor Nixon's decision to block disaster funding from the special session has been rejected by a bi-partisan committee.
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Wrap: The House Budget Committee passed a bill challenging Governor Jay Nixon to add disaster relief funding to his special session.

The bill urges Nixon to use the rainy day fund for disaster relief instead of the general fund. 

Bill Sponsor, Kansas City Republican Ryan Silvey says Nixon should use the rainy day fund for what it's intended.

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Description: "There's strong support in the Legislature for using dedicated disaster funds for the disasters. As opposed to the path that he's chosen which is to withold funds from education domestic violence and public safety."

But Kansas City Democrat Jason Kander says putting a final price on the authorization isnt what the state needs.

  

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Description: "We need to make sure that we are there to pay every single bit of this. And if we name a number and it turns out to be more than that then we may not end up being there to do what we need to do."

 

Kander was the only vote in opposition.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.

 

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A Missouri House committee makes a point - they want disaster relief funding talks during the special session.
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Wrap: The House Budget Committee passed a bill by an 22-1 vote that challenges Governor Jay Nixon to add funding for disaster relief.

The bill urges Nixon to use the rainy day fund to help places like tornado ravaged Joplin and the flooded areas of Northwest and Southeast Missouri.

House Budget Committee Chair, Republican Ryan Silvey says he hopes Nixon will use the money instead of taking it from the general fund.

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Description: "If the Governor would chose not to, then he can explain to the people of this state why we're going to allow $500 million dedicated to disasters to sit in an account and we would instead cut education domestic violence and all those other things."

But Kansas City Democrat Jason Kander, the only vote in opposition to the bill, says it's premature.

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Description: "Until we know what the cost is, we shouldn't say exactly what it is that we are going to pay."

The bill now moves to the House floor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.


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