Missouri lawmakers have approved funding for a new state office building, but Gov. Jay Nixon has criticized the idea.
A spending plan for capital improvements plan endorsed this past week includes $38 million for planning, design, and construction of a state office building including space for and renovation of the Missouri Department of Transportation Central Office.
Supporters say the building could house offices for various state agencies, including the Transportation Department. It could be constructed on the site of a former prison about a mile from the state Capitol.
Nixon says he did not ask for the funding and has not heard anyone say that Missouri needs a "brand new building for bureaucrats in Jeff City."