Missouri House Saves Metro Despite Opposition

Missouri House Saves Metro Despite Opposition

Jefferson City, MO- The Missouri House
of Represetatives approved House Bill 22 Monday night, giving St. Louis’ Metro $12 million in
funding.  This came despite opposition
from the Governor and Democratic House leaders.  

“We are now one
crucial step closer to restoring funding for Metro,” said Speaker of the House,
Ron Richard.  “With the possibility of
many of the closed routes re-opening, we can look forward to rebuilding our
state’s workforce and improving public safety.”   

Voted down on Thursday, the Missouri House worked in a bipartisian effort
to turn the bill around. After a stunning 82-68 defeat, the Missouri House
reversed course on House Bill 22, passing it 117-42.  

“This funding
will help restore service to many St. Louis residents who
rely on Metro,” said Representative Jamilah Nasheed D – St. Louis.  “Now
Governor Nixon must step up to the plate and join the House in supporting this
crucial funding.  I encourage him to end
his silence on such an important issue and work closely with the Senate to
secure passage of the bill,” Nasheed added.   

The Governor has
denied several requests from both sides of the isle to join them in their
support of Metro funding.  His silence
has threatened jobs for the working poor and disabled those who rely on the
transportation system.   

Richard finished
by saying, “We are hopeful that the Governor will take a stand on this issue and
urge our friends in the Senate to follow our lead and pass House Bill 22 so that
we can begin the road to economic recovery and improve the lives of hard-working
Missouri citizens.” he added.   

The legislative package will alleviate cuts made
March 30 after voters in St. Louis
County failed to approve a sales tax
increase last November. The bill now goes to the Senate.