An American flag and foundations from homes are all that remains in a neighborhood in Joplin, Missouri on August 15, 2011. A tornado on May 22, 2011 claimed 162 lives - the latest two of which were announced Wednesday.
A GOP state lawmaker wants colleagues to consider tapping the rainy day fund to pay for disaster relief, including from the May 22 tornado in Joplin. Damage from that tornado is pictured here on May 24.
Two bills have been filed in the Missouri House regarding the use of the state’s so-called Rainy Day fund.
The first would authorize $150 million to be used to match FEMA expenditures on tornado and flood damage across the state. The second bill would set up a joint House-Senate committee to oversee the use of Rainy Day funds for natural disasters.