Budget Committee Members Discusses Appropriations Regarding I-70 Expansion

The Missouri House Speaker and the Vice-Chair of the House Budget Committee both commented on the appropriations process as it relates to the expansion of Interstate 70. The expansion of I-70 was prioritized enough that Missouri Governor Mike Parson mentioned it as a goal in the State of the State Address. The Missouri House took spending for the I-70 expansion out of Appropriations Bill 5. Missouri House Budget Committee Vice-Chair Dirk Deaton says the funding will be considered in Appropriations Bill 19.


House Bill 5 specifically deals with funding under the direction of the Missouri Department of Transportation. House Bill 19 deals with state funding for capital improvements. House Speaker Dean Plocher says these types of spending decisions will require due diligence.


The comments came from during the media conference held by Missouri House Republicans.