MO Transportation Task Force Hearing in Springfield Today

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Chamber of Commerce President is set to testify Wednesday afternoon in Springfield, before a transportation task force.

Wednesday’s meeting is from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce on John Q Hammons Parkway. The meeting is open to the public.

Missouri Chamber of Commerce President Dan Mehan will testify before the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force, which meets Wednesday at 1 o’clock.

The task force, which is chaired by State Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, is meeting monthly and will submit a report and recommendations to the General Assembly by January 1.

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Patrick McKenna testified in June that MoDOT has 1,300 “weight-restricted” bridges, along with 866 “poor” bridges.

Missouri’s fuel tax hasn’t been increased in 21 years. The last increase was part of a bipartisan 1992 six-cent gasoline tax increase supported by then-Governor John Ashcroft (R) and then-House Speaker Bob Griffin, D-Cameron.

Missouri House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, has said that a gas tax increase “must be on the table.” Reiboldt has mentioned a possible ten-cent increase.

MoDOT’s current budget is about $2.3 billion.

Chairman Corlew notes an hour of the meeting will be designated for your testimony about Missouri’s highway system and its funding.


(Brian Hauswirth, Missourinet)
 


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