Attorney General Chris Koster criticized calls by Republican gubernatorial candidates to destabilize funding for the Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) by removing MHP from the Missouri Department of Transportation budget on Wednesday. Koster is promising to protect the Highway Patrol’s budget by keeping the agency within the Department’s funding structure.
Catherine Hanaway and Peter Kinder have both called for moving MHP’s funding, which currently comes from the Department of Transportation’s gas tax receipts, to the state’s general revenue fund. Without additional funding mechanisms, Koster believes any such move would require taking money from other state programs, such as K-12 education or senior services.
Koster had previously voiced his opposition to this type of proposal, and called on his fellow candidates Wednesday to reject any changes to the way MHP is funded.
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