Mo. Transportation Officials Consider Budget Cuts
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri transportation officials are considering a plan to cut positions in the department, close facilities and sell equipment in hopes of saving several hundred million dollars.
State Transportation Department Director Kevin Keith first proposed the budget cuts last month. Keith estimated the agency would save $512 million through 2015 by cutting 1,200 positions, closing 135 facilities and selling 740 pieces of equipment.
That plan also called for closing district offices in Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs. The budget-cutting proposal could be fully implemented by the end of 2012.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission was to consider whether to approve the budget-cutting maneuver during a meeting Wednesday in Jefferson City.