Governor Jay Nixon did not endorse a specific proposal to address Missouri's transportation funding crisis during his State of the State address
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Governor Jay Nixon did not endorse a specific proposal to address Missouri's transportation funding crisis during his State of the State address

Date: January 21, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Despite Missouri facing a transportation funding crisis, Governor Jay Nixon did not embrace a specific proposal in his State of the State speech Wednesday night
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Wrap: Last August, voters rejected a sales tax increase that would've provided over 1 billion dollars in funding for Missouri roads.

With that in mind, Governor Nixon didn't endorse a specific proposal, but floated another tax increase idea Wednesday night.

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Description: "Missouri's gas tax hasn't gone up a penny in nearly 20 years. It's the fifth-lowest in the nation. With gas prices as low as they are now, this is worth a very close look."

House Transportation Chairman Glen Kolkmeyer agreed with Nixon, saying a gas tax increase is worth a look given how low gas prices are.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Governor Jay Nixon did not support a specific idea to address the state's transportation funding crisis, but one Republican senator said all options need to be on the table.
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Wrap: Senator Doug Libla of Poplar Bluff took over the Transportation Committee post this year and he says transportation is too important of an issue to ignore.

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Description: "We need to work hard on it and that's what I'll be doing as transportation chairman. We'll be looking at all avenues and working hard and reaching out to people that has taken an interest in roads and bridges."

One proposal that would've helped the funding problem was Amendment 7 on last August's ballot, but 59 percent of voters rejected it.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Governor Jay Nixon raised the idea of making Interstate 70 a toll road, but stopped short of fully endorsing it.
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Wrap: Governor Jay Nixon said making Interstate 70 a toll road would help Missouri slowly climb out of its transportation funding crisis.

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Description: "The Highway Commission's recent report showed that this approach could make I-70 better and safer and free up tens of millions of dollars for other roads around the state."

But House Transportation chairman Glen Kolkmeyer disagreed.

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Description: "I'm not a big supporter of toll roads. Toll roads are bad for business."

Sen. Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City is keeping his options open.

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Description: "I think all of the solutions are going to be a tough conversation, but again, sometimes finding a solution is not easy."

No specific transportation proposals have come forward from the legislature yet.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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