Nearly two years after the devastation of a tornado in Joplin, lawmakers went over options for funds to help rebuild destroyed sidewalks.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said the money is coming from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant.
This was the first work visible to the community on a building that Superintendent C.J. Huff calls the hub of the community.
St. Charles led all Missouri counties with a gain of 3,685 residents, followed by Greene, Boone, Clay and Jackson counties.
The House Economic Development Committee voted 21-0 Thursday to move legislation to the full chamber that would give Joplin access to state funds for rebuilding.
Nixon proposed a $150 million budget increase for education that would be performance-based instead of based on past funding.
The GOP won control of the Senate a dozen years ago and now holds veto-proof majorities in both chambers.
The Missouri National Guard says it still has one soldier working in Joplin, 20 months after guard members responded to the devastating tornado that killed 161 people.
The Joplin Regional Airport will continue to provide federally subsidized airline service for two more years, but now passengers will fly on slightly larger jets.
The nearly 600 federal trailers that housed Joplin residents since the May 2011 tornado are slowly emptying, with only about 80 of the trailers still occupied.