LEWIS W. DIUGUID

Paying for roads in Missouri’s future

Updated: 2013-04-24T01:44:15Z

By LEWIS W. DIUGUID

The Kansas City Star

Motorists get the fact that Missouri roads will need to be maintained for travel to be safe and carefree.

Paying to build and repair the highways is another matter. The tax on gasoline had been the main source of revenue.

People didn’t like it, but it is baked into the price of every gallon of gasoline. More fuel efficient cars and hybrid vehicles are causing drivers to use less gas, cutting into revenue the state gets for roadwork.

Discussions are underway now to raise the sales tax in Missouri by a penny to generate revenue for the state’s roads, The Kansas City Star reports.

That will be embraced in the tax-averse, Republican-controlled legislature like an outbreak of hernias at a weight-lifters’ convention.

Missourians and people traveling through the state should brace for bumpy roads ahead.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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