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Infrastructure funding questions remain after fuel tax failure



Backers of a ballot measure that would have raised Missouri’s gas tax to generate funding for transportation infrastructure and the state highway patrol are plotting a path forward after voters rejected the measure.

Proposition D, which would have increased the gas tax by 10 cents over four years, counted Gov. Mike Parson, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry among its prominent backers.

Parson has made emphasized infrastructure and workforce development as his top two priorities since taking office in June. He said in a release after Tuesday’s vote that “Missouri’s future economic success is directly related to our ability to anticipate and meet the growing infrastructure demands of our state.”

The Missouri Department of Transportation said it would continue working with the resources currently available. Projects currently on MoDOT’s construction list are likely not at risk, because the department wasn’t relying on additional revenue from Proposition D this year.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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