Tags: Web Exclusive
February 06, 2013 - Two Missouri state senators filed legislation last week that would increase funding for the state's roads and highways, but pass on at least part of the cost to shoppers in the state.
Sens. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, are pushing a measure that would impose an additional one-cent sales tax for 10 years, if voters approve it in the November 2014 elections. Revenue from the tax would go specifically to city, county and state transportation projects.
Kehoe and McKenna spoke to reporters Feb. 5 about their proposal at a construction site near U.S. 50 in northwestern Osage County, about 15 miles from the state Capitol.
Both senators have called for increased transportation funding in the past. Kehoe voiced support last year for a proposal to put tolls along most of Interstate 70 to finance upgrades to the aging highway.
That proposal never made it to the full Senate, but a panel of 22 representatives of business and government interests was formed to study the state's transportation funding needs. In its final report, that committee estimated that the state would need an additional $600 million to $1 billion annually to deal with the state's transportation infrastructure needs.
On Wednesday, Rudy Farber, the head of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, said he is pleased the Legislature is working on finding a new funding source for transportation.
The state's transportation department has expressed the state has billions in deferred maintenance costs and Farber said he likes Kehoe and McKenna's proposal.
SportsPanthers set to tackle Pattonville Friday nightMehlville looks for first win after falling to Francis HowellAug 24 2016The Mehlville High School varsity football team will tackle Pattonville at 7 p.m. Friday at home, 3200 Lemay Ferry Road.... School NewsMehlville students return to schoolAug 24 2016To the delight of many parents, Mehlville School District students returned to school Aug. 17. Returning students enjoyed many back-to-school activities, including Nevaeh Brannum, above, who attends Bierbaum ... Our TownHaefner to chair House Fiscal Review CommitteeFitzpatrick to serve as House Budget Committee chairmanAug 24 2016JEFFERSON CITY — State Reps. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, and Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, will join the House leadership team for the 99th General Assembly.... BusinessTesson Ferry apartments up for approval TuesdayO'Leary votes for apartment complex, Wasinger opposes itAug 24 2016After a week on hold, an apartment complex that thousands of south county residents say will permanently change their quiet Concord neighborhood is headed to a final vote by the County Council next week ...