Lawmakers mull restarting MoDOT cost-share program

Lawmakers are looking to resurrect a program that splits the cost of state transportation system projects with local communities in an effort to address Missouri’s transportation funding troubles.

The Missouri Department of Transportation suspended the program, known as cost-sharing, in 2014. Department officials said the decision was made because cost-sharing programs tend to increase the size of transportation systems; meanwhile MoDOT was concerned about its ability to tend to the existing system.

Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, who leads the House Budget Committee, has proposed $20 million to restart the program for the 2017 fiscal year. If the state achieves Gov. Jay Nixon’s projected revenue growth of 4.1 percent, the funds for the program could increase to $30 million.

Lawmakers backing the plan acknowledge that the program won’t address all the state’s transportation funding needs, but they view it as a start.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio

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