Missouri reps work on funding for roads, bridges and railways

6 months 7 hours 21 minutes ago Wednesday, October 25 2017 Oct 25, 2017 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 7:31:00 PM CDT October 25, 2017 in News
By: Jenna Puritz, KOMU 8 Reporter and Charles Nichelson, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter
loading

JEFF. CITY – Missouri lawmakers are searching for new ways to fund repairs and replacements for Missouri’s oldest roads and bridges.

The House Policy Development Caucus traveled the state and surveyed residents, seeking input from residents on which proposed revenue change they would prefer.

The caucus also created a YouTube presentation in hopes of receiving more public comment. Caucus chair Rep. Jeffrey Messenger, R-Springfield, said the most popular proposals were increases to user fees and changes to Missouri’s open container law.

User fees, which Messenger said make up approximately two-thirds of MoDOT's revenue, consist of things like the cost to get a driver’s license or license plate or register a vehicle.

Messenger said the caucus found raising user fees could generate as much money as raising the gas tax 10-cents a gallon.

Missouri's open container law, which currently allows passengers older than 21 to consume and possess alcohol containers while a vehicle is in motion, currently violates federal law, which bans all open containers in the passenger area.

Because the laws conflict, Missouri is allowed to use approximately $20 million in federal funding only for safety measures, such as road-side reminders to buckle up. Messenger hopes the legislature will reallocate those funds to road repairs by changing the law to match the federal government's.

The last major road-repair funding increase was under former-Gov. John Ashcroft. Rep. Nate Walker, R-Kirksville, who was a state highway safety representative under Ashcroft, said Missouri is facing a "road crisis."

Walker, who is also a caucus member, said, "the number one issue, in many cases, is highway and traffic safety."

He said he expects the MoDOT revenue issue to be a priority for both the legislature and the governor's office.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals (15-9) wrapped up their three-game series with the New York Mets (15-8) in... More >>
5 minutes ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:41:26 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in Sports
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Missouri now has 10 cases of measles, including three students, according to health officials. The... More >>
8 minutes ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:38:45 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says he has not yet decided whether to... More >>
10 minutes ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:35:58 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri civil engineers graded Missouri roads a D+ in their latest report card. That's down from a... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:25:00 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The growing number of school shootings is prompting mid-Missouri educators to take a close look at what they... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:13:00 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia Public School community service project that has students removing invasive honeysuckle is on hold after $700... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:05:00 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Republican Party is seeking to boot four candidates from the primary ballot, including two... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:11:55 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in first big celebrity trial... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 12:57:04 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to return $575,000 it received for two new state parks... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 12:25:42 PM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The state auditor's office released a report Thursday detailing what it found to be "questionable communications and... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:01:28 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
SUMNER – The average wild Canada goose’s wingspan is 4.2 to 5.6 feet, according to National Geographic . Maxie ,... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:30:00 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge has turned down a request from attorneys for Missouri Republican Gov. Eric... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:24:00 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
SPANISH LAKE (AP) — Police said they discovered the bodies of two men and a woman inside a suburban St.... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:18:00 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A rollover crash on the I-70 outer road early Thursday morning sent two people to the hospital. ... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:28:00 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
STRAFFORD (AP) — Authorities say a homeless hitchhiker has died from a stab wound that he suffered while scuffling with... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:43:30 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
SPANISH LAKE (AP) — Authorities are investigating after three people were killed and a woman was injured in suburban St.... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:37:21 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A man is suffering from a gunshot wound after an argument in the parking lot of the... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, April 26 2018 Apr 26, 2018 Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:40:00 AM CDT April 26, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Gentry Middle School parent-teacher association gave students a chance to learn yoga Thursday. "We're helping them... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, April 25 2018 Apr 25, 2018 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:00:00 PM CDT April 25, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
6pm 68°
7pm 67°
8pm 64°
9pm 61°