2004 initiative doesn’t fully fund road projects

A 2004 voter approved initiative to improve road conditions in Missouri cannot gun the designated projects. The initiative was supposed to shift vehicle sales taxes to a new account designated to improving roads and bridges. Instead, many funds have been diverted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Reallocations and debt has resulted in $800 million shortfall needed to keep the pay-as-you-go road projects funded. The account has $17 million for roads in 2017. A task force is evaluating the plan and must submit a new transportation plan in January.

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