Representative Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says Missouri is going to become a second class state if transportation funding isn’t improved. He says urban state lawmakers are out of touch with the transportation needs in rural Missouri.
“In north Missouri and throughout rural Missouri, we have big issues with transportation. Our bridges are bad and our roads are bad. I think we need to address transportation as a priority,” said Walker.
Walker says fulfilling the state’s infrastructure needs goes hand-in-hand with economic development.
“We won’t have economic development or anything else and everything will suffer,” said Walker.
The Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ask voters if the state’s fuel tax should be increased from 17 cents to nearly 23 cents per gallon. A final vote is expected Monday.
House Republican leadership opposes a tax hike to pay for roads and bridges.
Missouri’s fuel tax is one of the lowest in the country.
J.B. Connelly of KRES contributed to this story.