Jefferson City, MO – Reactions to Governor Jay Nixon's budget cuts continue to come in from across Missouri.
Among the cuts announced Thursday was $10 million that would have funded a new highway interchange in Jefferson City.
The purpose of the project: To provide better access to the old state prison site, where a new federal courthouse is being built. Redevelopment plans for the site also include a shopping center and a prison museum, though they're not part of any state budget item.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed the Fiscal Year 2010 state budget into law, but he also used the line-item veto to cut $105 million out of it.
Most of the cuts came from a capital improvement projects bill. They include cutting $24.7 million out of a statewide radio system for emergency responders, which will now make do with only $87 million.
St. Louis, MO – Aldermen have temporarily put the brakes on a measure that would create a city-wide database of vacant buildings.
All sides at a four-hour hearing Wednesday agreed that the city needs to address the more than 4800 vacant buildings in the city's neighborhoods, most of which are concentrated in a few wards on the north side. But there was disagreement as to whether the measure would tackle that problem.