JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – The You Paid For It Team investigated a pricey new project pushed by leaders of the Missouri Senate at a time the state is struggling with a cash crunch.
Governor Nixon has frozen funds for a variety of programs that help residents, and the Governor put a hold on a lot of the money to fix and maintain state buildings, citing a shortage of money.
One project that needs work the Capitol building itself, steps need repair, and parts of the building leak.
But Senators voted to spend $650,000 of your money to renovate the senate chambers to give themselves more meeting space.
We talked to the Office of Administration that’s in charge of carrying out the plan. The head of the office says Senators came to the OA with the renovation plan and OA agreed to do it.
We tried to talk to the head of the Senate, President Pro Tem, Tom Dempsey from St Peters.
Senator Dempsey never returned repeated calls. His spokesperson did call me back, telling me to go talk to the Office of Administration.
We found the documents showing that Senators did indeed okay the project to give them more meeting room. A deal that will cost taxpayers $650,000