By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A proposal to release more than $124 million in federal funds to reimburse Missouri cities and towns for disaster-related projects is heading to the governor’s desk.

Missouri senators on Tuesday unanimously approved the measure, which will allow the state to dole out the federal money.

Cities and towns are waiting on that additional state spending power to be paid for about $30 million in already-completed projects.

The addition to this fiscal year’s budget also includes authority to spend another roughly $8.5 million from the state’s general funds. About $5 million will match federal funding to reimburse local governments that built storm shelters or repaired critical buildings after disasters, such as the 2011 Joplin tornado.

The measure now needs approval by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, who first requested the additional spending.

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