The House Transportation Committee has voted 14 to one to end the diversion of gas tax dollars to most state agencies other than transportation. It’s estimated nearlyfour cents of the six-cent gas tax are given to agencies such as Revenue and the State Auditor’s office. The committee decides to “wean” the agenices by phasing it in over a five-year period. But some lawmakers worry phasing in the diversion would only water down the resolution by not giving enough money to transportation at the front when officials are trying to increase their credibility in the eyes of Missourians. Committee Chair Larry Crawford of California says that’s a point the whole House, and later the Senate, should take up. The committee also decides to strike a provision in the resolution that would have required all projects to be at least 80 percent done in five years or lose all funding.
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