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Which Path will Missouri Choose?

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

The state of Missouri will have the opportunity to vote on a sales tax increase to specifically fund infrastructure. I do not know all of the in’s and out’s of Missouri budget and transportation policy, but many of the issues in Missouri and similar to those across the nation.

1. Gas Tax Revenue:  The gas tax just hasn’t kept pace with the cost of infrastructure. Cars need less fuel, and therefore pay less tax on fuel, and this leads to less revenue to maintain those same roads and bridges. Do states need to raise gas taxes to account for more fuel efficient cars?

2. Alternative transportation: States have invested heavily in roads designed for cars and must invest heavily into maintenance of these roads.  Should states and localities look at new investments that may impose a high upfront cost but lower maintenance costs down the road?

3. Who Pays? Families struggling to get by pay a larger share of their income toward sales taxes than the wealthy pay. Will sales tax increases be the right way to fund infrastructure or should revenue from a higher gas tax be mixed with income tax revenues to finance these projects?

4. We need Roads A good road is the foundation of a strong economy. We need reliable bridges in our country, states, and local communities to keep people safe and allow commerce to flow freely.

The question is, which road will Missouri take next Tuesday?

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.                                                                                       – Robert Frost


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