Missouri’s struggle to pay for road and bridge repair continues

Despite years of debate, Missouri lawmakers continue to struggle to sort out how they’ll pay to repair thousands of miles of run-down highways and bridges.

State funds for road and bridge repair have tumbled in recent years, from $1.3 billion to an estimated $800 million by 2017.

A solution to that funding shortfall has proven elusive.

Tax increases in the Republican-dominated Missouri General Assembly appear to be a non-starter. And if a tax boost were to find legislative support, a substantial increase would have to go to Missouri voters — a group that has been even more tax-averse in recent years than lawmakers.

And all the while, lawmakers are bracing for a tough budget year that could force them to make some difficult choices about where to spend the state’s revenue.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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