Nixon to set aside $25M for Joplin tornado, will speak with Obama at memorial

May 27, 2011

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will shift $25 million from next year’s state budget to help pay for damage in Joplin caused by last weekend’s deadly tornado.

Nixon says he doesn’t yet know which areas of the FY 2012 budget he’ll use to help offset tornado expenses.

“What decisions we have to make because of that to trim the budget and to balance, we’ll make over the coming weeks…if the demands for dollars continue to move up, we clearly have other sources, other ways to get resources,” Nixon said.

Nixon is expected to sign next year’s budget into law sometime next month.  Meanwhile, the governor will take part in a memorial service in Joplin on Sunday, along with President Barack Obama. 

In conjunction with the memorial service, Nixon has declared this Sunday to be a day of prayer and remembrance across Missouri for victims and survivors of the tornado.