A task force created to study Missouri’s transportation system will begin holding public meetings this week, a task long discussed by lawmakers.
The task force’s mission is to come up with ideas to repair the state’s network of roads and bridges and figure out how to pay for it. It won’t be easy, as the Republican majority in the legislature has balked at any solution that includes allowing toll roads or raising the state’s fuel tax of 17.3 cents per gallon, one of the lowest in the nation.
Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, chairs the task force. He cautions against expecting any speedy solutions.
In all, the task force is made up of 10 lawmakers, Gov. Eric Greitens, MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna, Highway Patrol Superintendent Sandra Karsten, Florissant Mayor Thomas Schneider, transportation commission member Michael Pace, and six members from the private sector. The first meeting is Wednesday, June 28, at the State Capitol. Other meetings are planned in St. Louis, Kansas City, Kirksville, Cape Girardeau, Columbia, and Springfield.
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