Tobacco money will help avoid cuts of in-home care, school busing, Greitens says

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens wants to use the proceeds from a recent lawsuit to reduce cuts he was planning to make in next year’s budget.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Republican said a recent court decision from a 2003 tobacco company settlement that will mean an estimated $50 million in additional revenue will be used to stave off planned reductions to a program serving 15,000 elderly and disabled people who receive in-home care.

He also will use some of the proceeds to restore money for school busing costs that he had planned to cut.

“This money makes our budget situation a bit better. It helps; it doesn’t make us whole,” Greitens said in a prepared statement.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio

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