Missouri lawmakers pass spending plan for additional $124M

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 17 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Tuesday, March 17, 2015 5:38:43 PM CDT March 17, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A proposal to release more than $124 million in federal funds to reimburse Missouri cities and towns for disaster-related projects is heading to the governor's desk.

Missouri senators on Tuesday unanimously approved the measure, which will allow the state to dole out the federal money.

Cities and towns are waiting on that additional state spending power to be paid for about $30 million in already-completed projects.

The addition to this fiscal year's budget also includes authority to spend another roughly $8.5 million from the state's general funds. About $5 million will match federal funding to reimburse local governments that built storm shelters or repaired critical buildings after disasters, such as the 2011 Joplin tornado.

The measure now needs approval by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who first requested the additional spending.

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