Missouri’s roads and bridges need fixing — badly. And this money was going to help get things moving in that direction (including some bicycle and pedestrian projects). The amendment was the result of many months of trying to figure out the best way to raise money because we soon may not have enough to keep up with maintenance.
MoDOT blew it.
This is one of the very few times I was glad Missouri is a tax-averse state. The proposed sales tax would have been regressive.
What Missouri needs to do is raise its gas tax (ranked 45th in the nation) and create toll roads, specifically along I-70 and I-44. Such taxes would collect money from the people who use our roads most and damage them the most.
But Missouri is a tax-averse state.
So where the crumbling road leads from here is anyone’s guess.