Monday, 14 April 2014 09:17 Published in Local News
Jefferson City, MO -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says that plans to rebuild the deteriorating Fulton State Mental Hospital are moving forward.
The Governor announced Monday that Parsons-Brinckeroff will be the lead design firm for the project. Nixon says the project is a long-overdue public safety priority which has strong bi-partisan support.
Upon final completion of contract negotiations with Parsons-Brinckerhoff, work will begin on the planning and design of the new hospital.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in the late spring or early summer of 2015 and be completed in 2016. The cost of the new facility is expected to be about $211 million.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development estimates that the project could create more than 2,500 jobs during its construction.
Fulton State Hospital is the oldest state psychiatric hospital west of the Mississippi River and houses the state’s only maximum security psychiatric facility. It opened in 1851.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals for a fuel tax hike being floated in Springfield this year.
Retail gas station leaders will announce their opposition to such a plan at a news conference on Monday afternoon in the state Capitol. They say increasing the gas tax in a tough economy would hurt drivers and businesses owners.
Two weeks ago, a state transportation group unveiled their plan for funding road construction and public transit. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition's proposal included increasing the gas tax by 4 cents. They also called for higher vehicle registration fees and ending the ethanol credit for gasoline.
Funding from the state's five-year capital construction program is set to run out this year. The state gas tax hasn't been increased since 1990.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate majority leader says the chamber could debate ethics legislation this week that would curb lobbying.
The bill would make lawmakers wait two years after their terms expire before registering as lobbyists. It would require lobbyists to report expenditures within 48 hours and would prohibit out-of-state spending on travel, lodging, food and entertainment.
Another provision would bar legislators from serving as paid political consultants to fellow lawmakers.
Missouri is the only state to allow the trio of unlimited contributions to candidates, unlimited gifts from lobbyists and no waiting period before an elected official can lobby.