Missouri: Support Investment in Missouri’s Infrastructure

The Missouri House is currently considering SB 262, which proposes to increase the state’s gas tax by 12.5 cents over the next five years, bringing the new tax rate to 29.5 cents per gallon. Missouri’s current gas tax rate is 17 cents per gallon, among the lowest in the nation. The bill has passed out of committee with unanimous support and will next go to the full House for consideration.  

Missouri has not increased its gas tax since 1996 and the Missouri state Department of Transportation estimates that it underfunds its annual transportation needs by $825 million each year. The 2018 Report Card for Missouri’s Infrastructure graded the state’s infrastructure with a cumulative grade of “C-“, with roads receiving a “D+” and bridges receiving a “C.” The Report Card found that Missouri’s transportation infrastructure cannot keep pace with current funding levels and recommended that the state increase the fuel tax in order to keep our state on equal footing with neighboring states.  

Without action in the state legislature, funding constraints are anticipated to continue, leaving Missouri’s ability to fund future roadway maintenance and improvement projects in jeopardy.

Urge your Representative to support SB 262, which will allow Missouri to make necessary investments to our surface transportation network!

Background:

SB 262 increases the state’s gas tax by 12.5 cents over the next five years, bringing the new tax rate to 29.5 cents per gallon. Missouri’s current gas tax rate is 17 cents per gallon, among the lowest in the nation.

Missouri has not raised its gas tax since 1996, and the purchasing power of that revenue has steadily declined due to inflation and the increased cost of repairing and maintaining roads and bridges. Additionally, with the gas tax standing at 17 cents per gallon, it is now the 2nd lowest gas tax in the nation.

The 2018 Report Card for Missouri’s Infrastructure examined that state’s needs and found that bridge repair alone is estimated to cost $4.2 billion, while motorists are spending an average of $604 annually in extra vehicle operating costs due to the poor conditions.

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