With today’s final approval in the Missouri House, Missouri voters will now have an opportunity to help protect the state’s transportation infrastructure from a dire funding shortfall.
Missouri voters will now decide whether to approve a new three-quarter-cent sales tax for transportation. The measure is needed to help the Missouri Department of Transportation avoid a major funding shortfall. By 2017, it’s estimated that the department’s funding will drop to $325 million. At that level, department leaders have warned that they won’t be able to even maintain the state’s existing infrastructure. The new sales tax is designed to provide the funding needed to maintain and improve Missouri’s transportation infrastructure.
“Transportation is a vital asset in Missouri. Our central location and access to roads, rail, rivers and air is a key selling point in our work to attract jobs and investment in our state,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “We thank the General Assembly for their work on this measure. We also acknowledge this is only the start. The Missouri Chamber and transportation stakeholders statewide will now work to help Missouri voters understand the stark future ahead and how this funding measure can help.”
The measure is contained in House Joint Resolution 68, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hinson, a Republican from St. Clair. A similar resolution was filed in the Senate by Sen. Mike Kehoe, a Republican from Jefferson City.