The lousy condition of Missouri’s highways, roads and bridges is scarcely a surprise to anyone who has driven anywhere in the state.
Missouri Influencers aren’t surprised, either. This panel of important Missouri voices, assembled exclusively by The Star, said emphatically in a survey that repairing crumbling infrastructure should be among the state’s top priorities in 2018 and beyond.
“Our infrastructure has been ignored for too long,” said Duke Dujakovich, president of the AFL-CIO of Greater Kansas City.
We agree. Missourians will have a chance to start solving the problem this November by approving a much-needed gas tax increase of 10 cents per gallon, phased in over four years.
Gov. Mike Parson supports the measure, and other politicians are on board.
“Candidates should have the guts to say that taxes may need to be raised in order to fund essential building for the future,” said Jeff Simon, a Kansas City lawyer and member of the Influencers group.
But Missourians also should know that the tax won’t completely eliminate the state’s infrastructure woes. It would provide money for the state’s road fund, local governments and the Highway Patrol. But no one believes the increase will provide enough to cover the additional $825 million the Missouri Department of Transportation says it needs each year to adequately maintain the highway system.
That’s why the