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Continued: APNewsBreak: Missouri's tab for Joplin tornado, flooding totals $36M; far less than projected

  • Article by: DAVID A. LIEB , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 11, 2013 - 4:35 PM

After Nixon's disaster-related budget shuffling in 2011, lawmakers changed the way they write the budget to reduce the governor's flexibility to increase spending or shift money among certain programs.

Stream said he hopes state officials have learned an important budgeting lesson. When disasters strike, officials should realize that the bills won't come in immediately and should place any set-aside money in a special account that can be tracked and budgeted as needed, he said.

"Then it can be used for purposes the Legislature wants to use it for, not the governor's desires or whims," he said.

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