Missouri lawmakers seek solution to funding police radios

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 5:01 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is looking to borrow money to finish work on an emergency-responder radio system that initially was to be paid for with federal stimulus money.

State lawmakers approved $112 million of stimulus funds for the project two years ago. But much of that was vetoed or withheld by Gov. Jay Nixon because of state budget troubles. Since then, the state also has allotted highway funds and a federal grant to the project.

Now Nixon's administration wants to finance $35 million of the radio system project through a Jefferson City bank.

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressed concern Tuesday about the plan. They suggested the state should still use the stimulus money.

But Nixon's administration says the stimulus money must be spent by September, and the project isn't that far along yet.

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