JEFFERSON CITY – With less than three weeks left in the 2013 Missouri Legislative Session, lawmakers are running out of time to address some legislative issues, but the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Missouri’s largest statewide business advocacy group, is urging lawmakers to use the precious time left on an issue critical to the business community: transportation. Missouri Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan today sent a letter to Speaker of the House Tim Jones urging action on SJR 16, legislation that would allow voters to fund our state’s future transportation infrastructure with a one-cent sales tax over the next ten years.
“Our state serves as a critical hub of commerce for our country. However, because of the large size of our transportation system, maintaining and updating it are continued challenges in order to meet our state’s and our nation’s growing needs,” said Mehan in his letter.
Mehan points out that investing in transportation provides not only an immediate, positive impact through the construction jobs created, but developing a modern system brings with it long-term investment and economic development to rural and urban Missouri. That’s why the Missouri Chamber endorsed the proposal following introduction of the SJR 16.
“Every $1 billion invested in transportation generates in excess of 34,000 jobs,” Mehan said.
The Missouri Senate passed SJR 16 on a vote of 24-10 on March 14. The Missouri House Committee on Transportation approved the bill on April 16. It currently awaits debate by the Missouri House.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business organization in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers, providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.