The Missouri House and Senate have come to a tentative agreement on funding for Governor Mike Parson’s plan to repair over 200 state bridges.
At a conference committee meeting on Monday, lawmakers agreed to a $301 million bond plan and $50 million in general revenue spending. The bond spending would be triggered if Missouri receives federal grant money to help with the projects.
Senator Lincoln Hough says he supports the agreement but he doesn’t want the legislature to use general revenue next year on bridge repair.
“I think we need to do our jobs quite frankly in this general assembly,” says Hough. “And we need to look at a real long-term solution that addresses our critical infrastructure in the state.”
Among the projects that would be funded is the I-70 bridge at Rocheport.
The budget goes to both the House and Senate for one final vote before being sent to the Governor.
The deadline to pass the budget is this Friday.