(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — The Missouri House has passed a budget plan for various projects around the state, including new college buildings and seed money for a possible Republican National Convention.
The House voted 137-9 on Thursday to send the measure to the Senate. It includes funding for new voting machines and campus projects where costs are split evenly between the state and school.
Democrats criticized the bill because it includes $4 million for a Missouri city to host a national political party convection. Kansas City is a finalist to host the Republican gathering in 2016.
The spending plan also includes $38 million for a new engineering facility at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lawmakers have until May 9 to pass all budget-related bills.