Mo. Gov. sets aside $25M for Joplin tornado

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is setting aside $25 million from next year’s state budget to help pay for immediate costs from the deadly tornado in Joplin.

Money for emergency response and cleanup will come from Missouri’s budget for the 2012 fiscal year starting July 1. It will add to budget cuts for other programs that Nixon is likely to make. Nixon said Friday he does not expect $25 million to cover all the costs.

The governor has already promised $25 million that is not included in the budget to help pay for flooding in southern and southeastern Missouri.

Nixon’s budget director, Linda Luebbering, said Friday the governor would need to block about $113 million in spending for next year’s budget.

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