Governor Jay Nixon sounded more than a little frantic last week after checking the state's coffers to pay the National Guard and Missouri State Highway Patrol for guarding Ferguson during last month's violent unrest.
Governor Jay Nixon celebrates Thanksgiving with members of the National Guard.
Nixon even called for a special session, imploring lawmakers in a letter to take "swift action" or else risk not being able to pay troopers and soldiers on their December 15 payday.
"Time is of the essence," he said in a statement. "It is vital that we act quickly so that we can fulfill our obligation to the men and women who are so bravely and capably serving their fellow citizens."
Turns out, the money is already in the budget. It has been all along.More »