Amendment 7 is a solution that will fix our roads, repair/replace our unsafe bridges and fund priority transportation projects in Missouri. It was placed on the ballot by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities in the Missouri House and Senate.
It is needed because Missouri infrastructure has deteriorated. Funding has been halved in the last decade while material costs have increased. Over 2,000 of Missouri’s bridges are structurally deficient and nearly 2/3 are rated only fair or poor. Moreover, over 20,000 miles of roads do not even have shoulders. Finally, Missouri has the 7th largest highway system, but ranks 40th in funding per mile.
The temporary sales tax increase will provide money for the improvement of roads, bridges and other priority transportation projects in Missouri. 90% of the revenue will fund state priority transportation project, 5% will go the counties and 5% will be given to cities for local transportation projects. Projects will be selected with local citizen and community input.
It is accountable to taxpayers. The tax is temporary and cannot be extended without a vote by Missourians. It would freeze the gas tax and specifically exempts essential items like: groceries, medicine, fuel, utilities, mortgage payments, education, health care, retirement savings and prescription drugs. Because it is a constitutional amendment, politicians will not be able to divert this funding to non-transportation uses.
It will help save lives. Unsafe roads and bridges will be the priority. Missouri ranks third in the nation in structurally deficient bridges. Additionally, 9,290 miles of highway are in fair or poor condition. This measure will fix thousands of miles of roads and hundreds of bridges that are unsafe and in need immediate action.
It will also provide a boost to our economy. Thousands of new, good-paying jobs will be created within Missouri, strengthening our economy and help get Missourians back to work.
Passage of the transportation measure will create jobs, improve road safety and ensure fiscal accountability through a bipartisan-supported constitutional amendment.
Amendment 7- Missouri’s Transportation Fix.
Jobs. Safety. Accountability. Vote Yes on 7.