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Sunday Poll: What Should Missouri Do To Solve MoDOT’s Funding Shortfall?

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Today’s Sunday Poll question is about funding MoDOT:

The poll is open until 8pm, I’ll share my thoughts on Wednesday.

— Steve Patterson


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  1. gmichaud says:

    I know tolls are a popular option, but I don’t particularly like them. I think one other question is figuring out how MoDot could have built all of these bridges and infrastructure and not budgeted for them with long term planning.I know Missouri is overbuilt in terms of highways and that is one problem. The day they complete a project they should know the approximate life span and begin budgeting for replacement/repair. Apparently that isn’t the process so instead there is a crisis every few years with MoDot moaning and groaning.
    Plus instead of rebuilding a mega highway 70 a close examination should be made of transit alternatives, including freight and passenger. There seems to be little serious alternative thinking. Instead it is slop down more concrete year after year. As a result there is still more future budget deficits. In other words there appears to be structural problems with MoDot and it is not merely a case of running short of money every other year.

    • JZ71 says:

      Toll roads get proposed, especially I-70, partially, to get people riled up. If they proposed tolling Highway Z in some podunk county, only a handfull of people would even care!

      Just. Raise. The. Damn. Fuel. Tax. I know it’s not perfect, by a long shot, but it’s simple and as fair as simple will ever get. The alternative is tracking actual miles travelled, by every vehicle, and taxed accordingly, and I see little gain for a massive government intrusion and new government beuracracy . . .

  2. Anon says:

    What about a marine fuel tax increase? After all millions of MODOT dollars were and will be spent for all the new roadways around Lake of the Ozarks. These were built for the millionaires who didn’t want to be caught in traffic so they could hop on their million dollar cigarette boats and ocean sized Sea Ray yachts.

    • JZ71 says:

      Repeat after me, “No New Taxes!” We have a Republican controlled state legislature, with many members who will never support ANY tax increase, ever. Their goal is to “starve the beast that government has become”, and damn the consequences. These days, we see gas prices vary by 20 to 40 cents a gallon, at the pump, every month. Increasing the state fuel tax by a penny a gallon, every other month, for the next 5 years, would “solve” the funding “problem” and NOBODY would even notice. But nooooo, we have to “stand on our principles”, ignoring the reality of diminished buying power (because of inflation) and declining real revenues (because of better fuel efficiency) . . .


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