Transportation funding a top 2016 priority, lawmakers say

With Missouri facing steep reductions in transportation funding and the state’s lawmakers unable to agree on a way to address that problem during the recently completed legislative session, transportation funding will be a prominent issue when the General Assembly convenes next year.

So says House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, who indicated a team will work on transportation funding proposals to bring forward next January, when the next legislative session begins.

Gov. Jay Nixon called on legislators in the final weeks of this year’s legislative session to send him a gas tax proposal, but lawmakers couldn’t reach a consensus on the issue. Missouri stands to lose millions of dollars in federal matching funds in 2017 if it doesn’t pass a transportation bill before then.

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