After Missouri voters rejected a ballot measure that would have boosted funding for state transportation needs through a gradual 10-cent increase in the fuel tax, top lawmakers are vowing to make transportation funding a priority in the legislative session that starts in January.
Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, helped craft Proposition D, the measure voters rejected last week. He said he’s “kind of dumbfounded” at the outcome.
But Schatz, who will likely become Missouri Senate president pro tem, said transportation funding remains a priority and called it key to economic growth.
Lt. Gov Mike Kehoe agreed that it’s essential to address some of the state’s $825 million per year in unfunded transportation needs.
Neither Schatz nor Kehoe promoted any specific plans. It’s unclear whether another ballot initiative is likely, or if lawmakers will try to pass a more limited funding solution themselves.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch