in Missouri will decide Nov. 2 whether to change their state’s constitution to
limit the transfer of some highway funds to other state agencies.
Secretary of State Matt Blunt certified the measure for the ballot last week.
Committee to Improve Missouri’s Roads and Bridges had delivered petitions on
the measure to the secretary of state containing nearly 200,000 signatures in
April. Blunt’s office verified almost 156,000 as valid registered voters – well
more than the 121,302 needed to put the question on the ballot.
issue of “diversion” of highway user fees – vehicle and driver’s license fees,
motor fuel taxes and vehicle sales taxes – has been a hot topic in recent
lawmakers and business groups say voters are fed up that all the money they pay
doesn’t go directly into repairing or expanding Missouri highways, The
Associated Press reported.
to the news agency, the Missouri Department of Transportation receives only 55
cents of every $1 it collects in state highway user fees and taxes.
significant share of the money goes to city and county roads, but some is
transferred to agencies that carry out road-related tasks.
proposed constitutional amendment would phase out the transfer of funds to some
agencies over four years. In addition, legislators eventually would need to
either cut the budgets of agencies that lost funding or come up with other
sources to replace the revenue previously received from road-related taxes.