Proposal to send state gas-tax increase to voters in November stalls in MO General Assembly - Herald-Whig -

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The Senate passed a bill in March that would have given voters the chance to decide on a 5.9 cent-per-gallon fuel tax hike. If approved in November, the tax could have generated about $165 million for the Missouri Department of Transportation to spend on roads, bridges and other transportation projects. Another $71 million would have gone to local units of government.

However, House leadership never called the bill for a vote, leaving the state with a continuing transportation funding crisis.

Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Canton, said the Republican whip worked the bill, but it never came up for a vote. He believes the whip learned there were not enough votes to pass it.

"Everybody knows you've got to have good infrastructure to have a good economy. If we don't do something on our bridges and roads, it will just begin a downward spiral," Redmon said.

MoBikeFed comment: MoDOT faces a funding crisis and so far not many solutions have been found.

But we had concerns about the proposal to put a 5.9 cent fuel tax increase on the November ballot:

- The fuel tax increase would have gone to roads and bridges only. Missouri faces a *transportation* funding crisis, with few or no state funds available for walking, bicycling, and transit. The entire situation needs to be addressed--not just the highway funding issue

- Polls predicted the gas tax increase would have gone down to resounding defeat in November--support for similar proposals has hovered in the low 20 percent range.

We need solutions, but this didn't look like the right solution at the right time.

We really need statewide leaders in Missouri to step up and lead the way to a comprehensive transportation funding solution for the state.