Governor Jay Nixon is restoring $1 million dollars to the state tourism budget this year and a majority of the funds will benefit Branson.
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The move to plug $1 million new dollars back into the budget isn't an increase. Due to the budget deficit, earlier this year, the Governor withheld more than $3 million dollars from tourism. But Branson officials say this unexpected new money will help promote their city through television, newspaper and magazine advertisements almost immediately.
"You guys talk about projects being shovel-ready," Nixon said. "Tourism in Branson is people ready," he added. "This is not about next year. This is about releasing this money now."
ON WEDNESDAY: Nixon will join St. Louis Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith for a major announcement about Missouri tourism and the 2009 MLB All-Star Game.