Missouri House Budget Committee has approved full Funding for the Rock Island Trail! [2nd Update 31 March]

SECOND UPDATE 31 MARCH 2022: HB 3020 passed the House Budget Committee today with the full $69 million governor's recommendation for the Rock Island Trail intact.

HOORAY!  Huge thanks to Committee leadership and members - and each and every one of you who took the time to contact Budget Committee members and leadership.

All the budget bills now go to the floor of the House.  The debate and vote on those bills is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th.

On the floor of the House, the danger is a floor amendment to reduce or eliminate funding.  Such an amendment can be introduced by any of the 163 representatives - so it is hard to predict whether or not an amendment will be introduced and then whether House leadership will give such an amendment time on the floor for debate and a vote.

After the vote Tuesday and some further procedural votes, the bills are sent to the Missouri Senate for their consideration.

How you can help now:

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Jackson County Rock Island Trail - what happened, what's next, what connections are in the works? Interview with Jackson County RIT officials (Youtube video)

Jackson County has recently completed the main 13.5-mile section of the Rock Island Trail through Lee's Summit, Raytown, and Jackson County - a project decades in the making. The trail is the final link bringing the Katy Trail/Rock Island Trail system all the way across Missouri from the Mississippi River to Kansas City. 
Wednesday we sat with with Jackson County Legislator Tony Miller, Deputy Director for the Jackson County Parks Department Brian Nowotny, and Rock Island Program Manager Matt Davis for an update the new trail:

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