MISSOURI — The Missouri House Policy Development Caucus will be touring the state over the course of the next several weeks to seek public input on the funding problems affecting the state’s transportation system.

State representative and chairman of the group, Jeff Messenger, said the goal is to get a variety of different viewpoints from Missourians on how the state should generate needed revenue for roads and bridges.

“Our goal as a caucus is to go directly to the people to hear from them on what they think will work as reasonable, cost effective solution.” said Messenger.

The House Policy Development Caucus has spent the last several months analyzing Missouri’s transportation funding needs as well as solutions to meet those needs.

“MoDot currently has 4825 million in high-priority unfunded transportation needs,” Messenger said, “The caucus is presenting eight possible funding options for Missourians to consider at these meetings. We invite folks to come out, share their creative ideas, and make their voices heard on an issue that directly impacts their daily lives.”

The first public meeting held by the Caucus will be in Maryville on Tuesday, July 25, with a follow-up meeting in Lee’s Summit on the same day.

On August 1, the Caucus will host public meetings in Kirksville and Booneville, followed up with meetings in Siketon and St. Charles on August 22 and August 23, respectively. September 6 the Caucus will be in Springfield and then will head to Waynesville the next day.

The Caucus will wrap up its tour with a final meeting in Jefferson City on September 13 where it will present its findings.