After Ferguson zaps emergency funds, lawmakers mull approving more

Missouri lawmakers must decide whether to replenish the pool of money earmarked for emergencies, which was nearly exhausted when the state spent $11.5 million last year in response to unrest in Ferguson.

Gov. Jay Nixon called the Highway Patrol and National Guard to Ferguson when riots broke out there in August and again in November in the fallout from the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Now, if the legislators don’t approve more funds, Budget Director Linda Luebbering said the state might be unprepared to respond to other emergencies — like major storms or other natural disasters — over the final five months of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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