Missouri lawmakers seek new ways to fund budget-strained veterans homes
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Missouri lawmakers seek new ways to fund budget-strained veterans homes

Date: December 7, 2011
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn
State Capitol Bureau

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On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a committee of Missouri lawmakers heard pleas for taking care of its homeless veterans.
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Wrap: The Missouri Veterans Commission reports it needs about 13 million dollars or it will run out of funding for its vet homes by July 2013.

Now the commission is asking state lawmakers to help fill the funding gap.

Here's Missouri Veterans Commission director Larry Kay.

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Description: "The issue is not the commitment. It's not are we going to do this, but how are we going to do this?"

Public Safety Appropriations Chairman Chris Kelly and other members of the committee proposed several ideas to generate funding.

One idea is creating an option for gamblers at the slot machines where they can choose to donate spare change on their earnings to the commission.

Another would draw funding from the state's scratch lottery tickets.

From the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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