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Uncertainty over how to fund road, bridge repairs in Missouri

Road and bridge repair funding
Posted at 10:10 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 23:26:01-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With less than one week until Missouri lawmakers head back to Jefferson City, uncertainty remains as to how lawmakers will address the state’s infrastructure needs.

In November, Missouri voters defeated a proposal to increase the state’s gas tax by 2.5 cents.

The proceeds would have gone towards the State Road Fund, which would have freed up money for road and bridge repairs.

Gov. Mike Parson had campaigned in support of the tax increase.

“There’s very little in what we can do as far as raising revenue for MODOT but we are going to be creative,” said State. Rep. Greg Razer, a Democrat from Kansas City. “We’re going to have to look at things and we’re going to have to have honest conversations with Missourians.”

Lawmakers will not be able to raise money for roads and bridges through a tax increase, since voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring some tax increases to go to a statewide vote.