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Mercury Alliance Testifies at First Task Force Meeting

Jeff Glenn provided testimony on behalf of the Mercury Alliance at the first meeting of the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force on Wednesday, June 28, in Jefferson City. A copy of that testimony can be found here.

During the meeting, held in the Missouri Capitol, MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna provided a presentation to the task force on the current state of transportation funding in Missouri. Following his presentation, public testimony was provided by the Mercury Alliance, Integrated Roadways, and the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

Senator Dave Schatz, Vice Chairman of the task force, indicated his strong preference for a 2+2+2 increase to the gas tax, phasing in a 6-cent increase over time. Task force member Representative Bill Reiboldt favors a 10-cent gas tax increase. Task force member Senator Bill Eigel expressed his preference for finding money in the existing state budget to increase funding for transportation and removing lower volume roads from the system. When asked to name a preferred revenue stream to solve the state's transportation system, Glenn indicated an all-of-the-above approach should be considered. "The state's transportation funding problem is a dynamic one and may require dynamic solutions. We believe all options should be on the table for discussion," said Glenn.

Representative Kevin Corlew, Chairman of the task force said members should keep an open mind as they study the issue over the next six months and that all options should be considered.

The task force will hold meetings throughout the state in the coming months. During several of the meetings, they will receive presentations in addition to testimony. The schedule is listed below (with scheduled presentation topics):

·      July 26, 1:00 p.m. - Union Station Board Room, Kansas City (Overview of other states' activity)

·      August 23, 1:00 p.m. - Springfield (Impact of transportation infrastructure on business and economic development)

·      September 20, 1:00 p.m. - Kirksville (The future of transportation)

·      October 18, 1:00 p.m. - St. Louis (AASHTO overview of state and federal infrastructure activity; traffic safety)

·      November 15, 1:00 p.m. - Cape Girardeau (Working session; informational topic TBD)

·      December 13, 1:00 p.m. - Columbia (Wrap up and working session)

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