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The Missouri Senate on Tuesday debated Governor Parson’s transportation proposal, which would allocate $350 million to repair 250 bridges across the state, as well as the alternative presented by Republicans in the House.

House members have approved a plan to allocate $100 million a year for the next four years to repair bridges around the state.

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With concerns that Missouri won’t generate enough revenue to meet budget demands this fiscal year, one lawmaker expressed her concerns about the shortfall.

According to a report released on Wednesday, taxes up to this same point in March had generated over 4 percent less in revenue than last year.

The state is stuck in a waiting game until April 15, the last day for Missouri citizens to file their taxes.

In a press conference on Thursday, Senator Gina Walsh said she’s not sure how the state will pay for upcoming projects.

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Businesses that are contracted with the state of Missouri may soon be prohibited from boycotting Israel if a House bill, which was discussed on Tuesday, makes it to the Governor’s desk.

A similar bill was introduced last year under the Greitens administration and has been enacted into law in 24 other states, according to the bill’s sponsor. Under the bill, any business that is awarded a contract to work with the state would not be allowed to boycott Israel.

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Banning “dark money” is at the top of Elad Gross’ list of priorities in Missouri politics.

The constitutional attorney from St. Louis has his eyes set on the Missouri Attorney General race of 2020, and says his campaign will ‘not be taking any corporate money’. Gross served as an assistant to former Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, worked as a special public defender for the state, and currently directs the Education Exchange Corp in St. Louis.

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A Missouri motor fuel tax is up for discussion again, only months after voters rejected it. Proposition D proposed a 10-cent increase in the motor fuel tax over four years, but did not pass last November. Thursday, the Senate heard a similar bill–and this time it wouldn’t be up to the voters.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Doug Libla, said in a hearing on Thursday that the state has a duty to take care of its roads and bridges. He declared the bill an “emergency act,” meaning it would go into effect if passed in this legislative session.