$63 million in construction projects on hold after budget bill fails

The failure of the Missouri Legislature to approve a spending bill during its regular session that concluded earlier this month could result in $63 million in construction projects put on hold throughout the state.

The bill was one of many pieces of legislation that failed to gain traction amid GOP infighting. While lawmakers managed to keep the state’s $27.8 billion budget intact, House Bill 19 would have facilitated construction projects ranging from port improvements along the Mississippi River to renovations at the Missouri School for the Blind.

The legislation was not taken up in the Senate after zooming through the House with only seven “no” votes. The Senate was worried about the state’s already tight overall budget.

The Department of Conservation, which would have reieved $30 million, said it would make up the shortfall with money from other budget bills.

Rail upgrade projects planned by the Missouri of Transportation Department will go unfunded, as well as a $750,000 overahaul of science labs at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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