Missouri Senate passes plan for statewide building fixes
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed a roughly $300 million bonding plan to repair the Capitol and other state-owned buildings.
Senators overwhelmingly approved the package Wednesday.
Lawmakers set aside $40 million in bonding to pay for maintenance at the state's aging Capitol, where stalactites are growing in the substructure. Public colleges and universities would get $160 million for repairs and renovations, while $100 million would go to other state-owned buildings.
Senators also agreed to set aside $10 million in bonding for state parks. About $15 million in general fund revenue for parks had been cut in the House's earlier proposal.
The House can either adopt the Senate changes or opt to hash out the differences. The deadline for passing spending bills is Friday.