ST. CHARLES, MO. (KPLR) – Missouri Governor Jay N0ixon says the Senior PGA event in St. Louis could be a possible target for terrorists. Security funding cuts have the governor worried about protecting people. Nixon mentioned the Boston bombings and how crucial federal homeland dollars were in catching the two suspects. He said the bombings and the Texas fertilizer plant explosion are the kinds of disasters we must be prepared for in Missouri.
The governor made the comments before a State Emergency Management Agency Conference. He also ripped into the Missouri senate for cutting federal homeland security funds from the state budget earlier this week. Nixon said, "turning down 21 million dollars in federal money, quite frankly, makes absolutely no sense. We have coming up here in St. Louis on May 23rd the Senior PGA tournament, another world wide event, that will be sent all across the world on TV and yet it's another target."
Governor Nixon asked the first responders to help him convince state senators to restore the federal funds before the legislative session ends in two weeks.