Missouri Senate panel approves additional emergency spending
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Local Missouri governments that built storm shelters or repaired critical facilities after disasters are closer to getting paid back for those projects.
The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday approved giving $124 million more in federal funds to reimburse local governments for emergency-related projects, such as the 2011 Joplin tornado.
Cities and towns are waiting on that additional state spending power to be paid for about $30 million in already-completed projects.
The proposal also includes $5 million in matching general revenue from the state.
Another $3.5 million is for future emergencies. That will replenish funds exhausted in part by the state's response to unrest in Ferguson, where there were sometimes violent protests following the fatal police shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The measure now goes to the full Senate.