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MPUA reacts to Senate Committee passage of HB 1062

Monday, May 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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MPUA PRESS STATEMENT

 

MPUA REACTS TO SENATE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF HB 1062

 

COLUMBIA, MO, May 6, 2019 – This week, a Missouri Senate committee advanced House Bill 1062 to the full Senate. The bill seeks to do nothing more than kill a project that will benefit more than 350,000 Missourians in towns across the state. The effort puts a halt to new infrastructure projects, like the Grain Belt Express transmission line (GBX). The Municipal Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) and their members have repeatedly let lawmakers know that 39 local municipal utility project participants, representing more those 350,000 Missourians, stand to lose more than $12.8 million in estimated annual savings for their utilities and the customers they serve. The project expects to bring more than 1,500 jobs and $500 million in infrastructure investment to the state, while asking for no state subsidies.

 

Duncan Kincheloe, MPUA President and General Manager, stated, “The Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment committee has passed a bill that hurts Missouri’s economy and infrastructure.” Kincheloe stated that, “In addition, rural school districts, out-state fire protection and ambulance districts, county roads, and rural libraries will lose out on over $7.2 million in local tax revenues annually. Some of Missouri’s largest industries also lose the possibility for progress that is estimated to grow personal income in the state by $246 million, gross domestic product by $476 million, and state revenues by $9.6 million.”


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  • A letter to each member of the Missouri Senate can be read in its entirety, at the MPUA website HERE (PDF)


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