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April 15, 2019Jefferson City, MO | By: Molly Gardner
With only a month left in the Legislative Session, Missouri State Senator Dan Hegeman, a Republican from Cosby, says that budget is one of the most important items that has been discussed this year. Senator Hegeman says the governor made known his vision for transportation funding during the State of the State address in January.
"It is time to replace many of them, so it's a continuous effort to stay up with the replacement bridges, but also this program would free up additional dollars for roadway projects. So the next round might be a number of roadway projects that could be done around the state as well. It's just additional resources, additional infrastructure needs and demands. This doesn't come close to solving our transportation revenue's deficit. It doesn't come close to really having a good hold on our transportation needs, but at least it's a proactive way of moving us down the path."
Senator Hegeman says the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee, which he chairs, spent last week pouring over the Missouri House of Representatives’ version of the state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020.
"Once we come up with our ideas and pass it out of the Senate body as a whole, all 34 Senators get an opportunity to have a say then. Then we'll look at the differences between the House and the Senate versions and go to conference and have to greater discussion at that time as to where we'll prevail and where we'd like to go in that process. The budget chairman has done a fantastic job moving the budget to the Senate and coming up with his priorities and addressing his needs of the House members. And we're looking to also address the needs of the Senate members and move forth then, too."