Nixon to sign funding stream for Mo. veterans homes
Gov. Jay Nixon is set to sign legislation that provides a dedicated funding source for the state’s veterans homes.
The measure redirects casino fees that now benefit early childhood programs into a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans Commission. Those early childhood funds will be replaced with money from the state’s tobacco settlement.
Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a measure providing a dedicated funding source to veterans' nursing homes.
The bill given final approval Thursday by the House would earmark most of the state's fees from casinos to a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans Commission. The intent is to provide a permanent, predictable funding stream for the state's seven nursing homes that serve more than 1,300 military veterans.