Missouri building repair plan advances as deadline nears

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ A plan to use bonds for repairs to the Missouri Capitol, universities and other state-owned buildings is moving forward.

A House committee this week outlined how to spend more than $300 million in bonds for building maintenance and new construction.

Projects include about $160 million for colleges and universities. Another $140 million would pay for state building repairs, including $40 million for the Capitol.

But a proposed $15 million cut in general revenue for state parks construction and renovation threatens to derail the plan.

Republican Sen. Mike Parson drafted a list of how senators would like to spend the money, and said he plans to push to keep park funding.

The legislation still needs full House and Senate approval, and lawmakers are short on time. They have until May 8.

By SUMMER BALLENTINE
Associated Press