JEFFERSON CITY — As the Missouri House of Representatives discussed the Fiscal Year 2017 state operating budget Tuesday, state Rep. Nathan Beard, R-Sedalia, was able to secure funding to construct a permanent pavilion for the annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
Beard was able to move $250,000 from excess funds that had been allocated for the judiciary to the fairgrounds. Beard said the move is necessary to eliminate the reoccurring costs associated with setting up a tent each year for the governor’s breakfast.
“This is an annual event that brings elected officials and agricultural leaders from around the state together, but it has traditionally taken place in a tent that costs taxpayers approximately $35,000 to set up each year,” Beard said. “It is far more fiscally responsible to make a one-time investment in a pavilion that will provide a permanent, clean, and safe space for this important event.”
The appropriations bills that make up the state spending plan received first-round approval from the House Tuesday evening. The bills now require a final vote Thursday before moving to the Senate for consideration.