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Missouri lawmakers are talking about approving money to repair the nearly one-hundred year old state capitol in Jefferson City.

The repair cost would come from a proposed one-point-two billion dollar state bond issue.

Last week, the House Budget Committee called for 100-million dollars for capitol work.  Voter approval ultimately would be required before bonds are issued.

State officials say years of water infiltration have taken a toll on the old building.

In part of the basement, stalactites hang from the ceiling and the concrete is crumbling.  Throughout the building, artwork is fading and rain is seeping in through the exterior stonework.

The proposed bond issue would also send money to state universities for building projects and upgrade aging mental hospitals around Missouri.

- Bob Hamilton, KMOX News

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