Nixon Calls for Special Session to Pay Guard & Patrol for Ferguson

Governor Jay Nixon is calling for a special session of the Missouri Legislature in order to get more money to pat National Guard troops and members of the Highway Patrol stationed around Ferguson and in the St. Louis area.
Nixon called legislative leaders Friday night.
A statement from the Governor’s office said. ” with the ramped up presence and role of the Guard and the Highway Patrol in the region”, the agencies are going to exceed their emergency payroll budgets.
Nixon’s statement indicated he hopes for quick action so members of the Guard are paid on December 15.
The state’s budget included $4 million for the Guard’s emergency duty response and $3.4 million for the State Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA) between July 2014 and June 30 2015.
Nixon said he call with legislative leaders, some of whom have been critical of his role in the troubles in Ferguson, “was a productive discussion”.

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