image
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
Phone: (314) 843-0102
|
Fax: (314) 843-0508
|
flag image

State needs up to additional $1 billion annually for transportation needs


Committee releases report on state's transportation infrastructure


Matthew Patane
State Capitol Bureau
January 09, 2013 - Missouri needs up to an additional $1 billion annually to pay for improvements and repairs of the state's transportation system, according to a report released last week.

The Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs released the report the day before the start of the 2013 legislative session. The report states that Missouri needs from an additional $600 million to $1 billion annually to improve and repair the state's transportation infrastructure.

"We need to take care of the system that we have," committee Co-chair Bill McKenna said, noting that Missouri's transportation system includes more than just roads and bridges. "Right now, MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) is funded as a road and bridge department and not a transportation department."

The commission did not recommend any specific proposal to meet the funding needs.

McKenna, a Democrat and former Senate president pro tem, led the 22-member committee with Republican and former House Speaker Rod Jetton. The committee was formed during last year's legislative session by then-House Speaker Steve Tilley. It has spent the last three months traveling across the state seeking public opinion on the needs of the state's transportation system.

While not offering any specific recommendation, the committee did suggest several avenues state lawmakers could follow, such as toll roads, bonds or increasing the state sales or fuel tax.

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-St. Louis County, said he would prefer revenue-neutral solutions or shifting general revenue money to increase funding for transportation. Jones also said he would rather spend less on entitlement programs, using the money to pay for education and transportation.

"I believe there's plenty of government that has yet to be cut," Jones said.


Tags: Web Exclusive


  • Related Editorial
    Our Town
    Friends, family, aldermen attend vigil for missing Sunset Hills woman
    $20,000 reward offered for information on Linda McLaughlin's disappearance
    Sep 02 2015
    Police are still searching for a Sunset Hills woman three months after she went missing with no explanation, and friends and family members who held a third candlelight vigil for her Tuesday night said ...
    School News
    Two Lindbergh educators named state Teacher of the Year finalists
    Truman Middle teacher, Special School District teacher honored
    Sep 02 2015
    Not one, but two Lindbergh Schools educators have been named finalists in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program....
    Our Town
    Haefner to seek re-election to District 95 House seat
    Murphy no longer looks to run for Missouri House
    Aug 26 2015
    In the latest shakeup in 2016 south county races, Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, announced this week that she will not run for the 1st District Missouri Senate seat currently held by Sen. Scott Sifton, ...
    School News
    Lindbergh again named a top high school by Newsweek
    Only nine Missouri high schools earned 2015 honor
    Aug 26 2015
    Lindbergh High School once again has been named one of Newsweek magazinesís 500 Top High Schools, recognizing the schoolís high graduation rate and outstanding academic achievement....
    Sports
    Flyers fall to Kirkwood 35-7
    Lindbergh to tackle Pattonville Friday night
    Aug 26 2015
    The Lindbergh High School football team lost its third straight contest to Kirkwood to open the 2015 season....
Site Search


Weather
Type in your zip code and click "Go" to get your 7-day forecast.
Visit www.crh.noaa.gov