MoDot is throwing its support behind a one cent sales tax proposed in the Missouri General Assembly.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Area Engineer Tonya Lohman:

Tonya Lohman

If approved, the tax would double the work that they’re able to do, much like what happened with the Amendment 3 money in 2004 and the funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.  Those two programs allowed for work on the well-traveled Missouri roadways.

“Currently, the money that we get is roughly $600 to $700 million dollars.  It’s just not enough to do very much,” said Lohman.

This tax would generate about $8 billion over ten years.  The bill has a sunset clause, so the tax would expire after ten years.  It also prohibits an increase in the gas tax or the creation of toll roads while in effect.

If the bill makes it through the General Assembly and is signed by the governors, it would go before Missouri voters.