Senate proposes $400 million in building repairs

The Missouri Senate has put forward two measures that would fund building repairs projects with $400 million in bonds the legislature authorized last year. One of them wants the state to allocate $200 million for repair projects at state buildings, parks and the State Capitol.

Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said the Capitol needs to replace a lead membrane in order to stop water from getting to the foundation, and prevent it from deteriorating further. Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, said $35 million is proposed for the acquisition and renovation of a Missouri Department of Transportation building near the Capitol.

A separate measure proposes $200 million in bond money to be spent on building repairs at the state’s colleges, universities and community colleges.

The resolutions need to be considered by the House before any agreement is made.

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Correction: Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m.

This story’s headline was updated to more accurately reflect the repairs that the $400 million would fund. The previous headline incorrectly suggested the proposed funds would be used only for Capitol repairs.

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