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MPUA statement on completion of 2019 legislative session

Monday, May 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
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MPUA PRESS STATEMENT

 

MPUA STATEMENT ON COMPLETION OF 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

COLUMBIA, MO, May 17, 2019 – The Missouri General Assembly concluded their business this evening, and efforts by some to pass House Bill 1062 ended with it remaining on the Senate calendar. Several attempts to pass this bill or attach it to others were stopped in the final week of session. The language sought to put a halt to new infrastructure projects like the Grain Belt Express transmission line (GBX).

 

Duncan Kincheloe, Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) President and General Manager, stated, “The Missouri Senate has looked at the pros and cons of this legislation, exhaustively, for weeks. Fortunately for more than 350,000 Missourians in 39 towns and communities across our state, efforts to thwart this project did not reach the Governor’s desk. MPUA is appreciative of all our elected leaders for their bipartisan deliberation, and we know this decision has diverse opinions. We look forward to continued infrastructure progress in our state.”

 

MPUA and their members let lawmakers know on countless occasions this session that 39 local municipal utility project participants would benefit from GBX. Those communities represent more than 350,000 Missourians who stood to lose more than $12.8 million in estimated annual savings for their utilities and the customers they serve. With a clear path forward, the GBX project expects to bring more than 1,500 jobs and $500 million in infrastructure investment to the state, all while asking for no state subsidies.

 

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