MO Senate Reaches Agreement on Road & Bridge Repairs

By on April 15, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The leader of the Missouri Senate said Thursday that lawmakers had reached a “breakthrough” in negotiations over a multimillion-dollar plan to boost infrastructure spending in the state.

The compromise — developed between Senate GOP leadership and members of the Senate Conservative Caucus — was reached after days of negotiations among the two Republican factions, House leadership and Gov. Mike Parson’s office.

Parson, a Republican, has made funding bridge projects a priority this legislative session after voters in November rejected an increase to the state’s fuel tax to pay for repairs. But progress on Parson’s proposal had slowed amid debate among Republican lawmakers.

Members of the conservative bloc filibustered a revised proposal, brought by Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, from Tuesday afternoon until after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

On Thursday, the chamber aired a compromise resolution that authorizes the Missouri Department of Transportation to issue bonds totaling $301 million that would go toward bridge repairs.

“This substitute is the result of extensive conversations with several senators, and I want to thank them for working with us on this,” Schatz said Thursday, later describing the agreement as a “breakthrough.”

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