WEBB CITY, Mo. - With the first half of the Legislative Session in the rear view mirror and the second half not too far off, local members of the general assembly met with city leaders, business people, educators and students inside the Webb City High School Dome. For some, it was their first time inside the largest storm shelter in the State of Missouri. 160th District State Representative Bill Reiboldt, who is on several agricultural related committees, talked about his efforts to successfully block a 5% increase in agriculture taxes.
"We felt like it was important on at this cycle that we block that and we were able to accomplish that. It's already done and that's the one thing agriculturally we have got done this year," said Bill Reiboldt, 160th District House of Representatives.
"We did get accomplished our Constitutional duty, which was to send a balanced budget over to the Senate. And with that being said, we we funded our K-12 education by an additional $70 million, which is I think important. We have more kids going to our schools, so we do need to increase the funding. We also gave an additional $500,000 for alternative to abortion," said Charlie Davis, 162nd District House of Representatives.
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says second half priorities include passing that budget, as well as focusing on MoDOT funding.
"What we do with long term funding on the highways and then counties and cities, they have a piece of that, too," said Ron Richard, Missouri Senate President Pro Tem.
He says the fate of interstate highways like I-44 hang in that balance. Missouri lawmakers will return for the second half of the session on March 29th.