Missouri State Troopers Announce Support for Tax Hike

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago July 01, 2014 Jul 1, 2014 Tuesday, July 01 2014 Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:27:00 AM CDT in News
By: Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Troopers have announced their support for Amendment 7, a sales tax increase that would be spent improving roads, bridges and other transportation projects.

Executive Director Kens Sears said they are behind the three-fourths of a percent hike because the improvements will make an impact.

"Our association wholeheartedly endorses Amendment 7 because fixing our roads bridges and highways will save lives and improve public safety across Missouri," Sears said.

The Missouri State Troopers Association said 2,000 of Missouri's bridges are "structurally deficient," nearly two-thirds of roadways are rated poor and 20,000 miles of Missouri roads do not have a shoulder.

Ninety percent of raised revenue would fund improvements across the state and the remaining 10 percent would be split for the next 10 years across counties and cities.

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