Missouri Governor Looks For More Cash For Ferguson Security

December 1, 2014 Nemes Money

n >(Reuters) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday required more funding to preserve security in Ferguson after months of violent protests over the shooting of a black teen by a white policeman depleted emergency appropriations.

The state assembly requireshas to accept more money to pay salaries for the National Guard by Dec. 15, Nixon said in a statement. Dec. 15 is the date of the next payroll, said Scott Holste, a spokesperson for Nixon.

Dec. 15 is the date of the next National Guard payroll, Holste stated.

The guvs statement did not state if the state had already utilizedconsumed all its emergency situation appropriations, and Holste stated he had no more details about existing funding levels.

The dedicated men and ladiesmales and females of the National Guard and the Missouri State Freeway Patrol are playing a critical role in keeping people safe and securing home in the St. Louis region, Nixon stated in the statement. Time is of the essence.He stated he plans to assemble the state assembly for an unique session to approve the extra funds. Details about the timing and scope of the special session would be launched in the coming days, the statement said.This week Nixon has actually come under fire from local authorities for not deploying adequate National Guards soldiers to deal with robbery and arson which broke out in the Ferguson area after a grand jury declined to arraign the policeman liable for shooting the teen. Ahead of the grand jury decision, Nixon had stated a state

of emergency and activated the National Guard. About 700 soldiers were deployed in the Ferguson area after the statement, which provoked prevalent anger and discontent. The next night, about 2,200 soldiers were sent to the area.

The state budget for the year ending June 30, 2015, assigned$ 4 million for emergency situation responsibilities for the National Guard and $3.4 million for state companies including the Freeway Patrol to reactreply to catastrophes and emergencies. Nixon also said that cleaning up structures in Ferguson which were destroyed or damaged earlier this

week might add to the states costs. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Modifying by Raissa Kasolowsky and Lisa Shumaker)

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