MO Congressman Sam Graves stresses need for better transportation funding solution | newspressnow.com

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North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves of Tarkio, Missouri, was the [Missouri Transportation Conference] keynote speaker — detailing for the audience his work as a subcommittee chairman on highways for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Graves, a Republican, said the recent passage of a five-year transportation bill was accomplished via bipartisan cooperation. Of the $305 billion package, a total of $5 billion will be devoted to Missouri’s needs — or $445 million more per year. He said federal lawmakers view highways and aviation as “true trust funds.”

Yet despite the legislation, the congressman said a deeper solution is still needed for the future of state roads and bridges, many of which in the region remain mired in severe disrepair.

“We need to figure out some long-term funding proposals,” Graves said.

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