JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has pledged an additional $100 million in state disaster aid following a deadly tornado in Joplin and continued flooding across the state.
Nixon's announcement Friday raises Missouri's total commitment to $150 million after a particularly devastating few months of natural disasters.
Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering (LOO'-ber-ing), says the $100 million will come from better-than-expected state tax revenues. Missouri ended its 2011 fiscal year Thursday with 5.9 percent growth.
The governor's previous allotment of $50 million for disaster aid was offset by cuts to education and other government services.
Luebbering says most of the additional money is needed because of the May 22 tornado that killed 156 people in Joplin. But she says some could pay for flooding aid.