Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Show-Me Missouri Transportation Tax Links



The road to higher taxes in Missouri starts with poorly attended public meetings and a lot of big plans about improvements that will never happen or will be dramatically scaled down . . .

KMBC: Transportation tax could mean 3rd lane for I-70 in Missouri

STL Public Radio: MoDOT Kicks Off Public Meetings On Transportation Tax List

Fox4: MoDOT proposes billions in transportation projects

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9 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is a strange idea - let the people who use the roads pay for them!

Anonymous said...

Count me in for s NO vote on this one.

Anonymous said...

Could mean more money (your money) for the TOY TRAIN. Ha Ha

Anonymous said...

Could mean more money (your money) for the TOY TRAIN. Ha Ha

Anonymous said...

Could mean more money (your money) for the TOY TRAIN. Ha Ha

Anonymous said...

Well said 7:40, I might also add that some of MoDOT's funds get transferred to the general fund to pay for certain administrative expenses. So we can be certain that some of these funds will go to the general fund, a lot will go for employee raises and benefits, some will go to the cities to be squandered. Giving any entity this much money in a short period of time guarantees a lot of it will be wasted.

Anonymous said...

"KMBC: Transportation tax could mean 3rd lane for I-70 in Missouri: NOT GOO ENOUGH FOLKS. By even the worst engineering calculations I-70 should have had two lanes added in both directions years ago.

What is it about this fucking state? If Someone wants a new mall or casino the state us right there rebuilding highways in and out. If a projects actually serves the constituency, fuck it, let's force them to vote it down and we can continue to play with the State windfall and use it for needless pet projects.

We don't need to be voting on new tax initiatives. We need to be voting on what sorts of things the legislature may allocate Taxpayer funds to without approval from the citizens.

Anonymous said...

Ya have to be bone stupid to vote for this absolutely unwarranted and unfair tax.

But watch how many stupid mofos vote for this tax scam and big business bailout.

VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 7! said...

VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 7!

Amendment 7 is a ¾ cent sales tax for 10 years expected to generate over 5 billion dollars within that time period. MoDOT will receive 90% of the money from the tax. The agency’s major project is the rebuilding of I-70 with a cost estimate between of $2 and $4 billion depending on the extent of the rebuild. Cities and counties will each get 5% of the tax. The vast majority of the funds from Amendment 7 will be used for road projects.
 The tax is unfair.
o The biggest beneficiary of the tax, the trucking industry, will pay almost none of it – despite the fact that trucks do most of the damage to our roads. Not only will the trucking industry avoid paying their fair share through a gas tax, the industry pays almost no sales tax, since the General Assembly previously exempted the purchase of many trucks, trailers and truck parts from state and local sales taxes.
o Most truck traffic does not even serve Missouri business; those trucks will be getting an entirely free ride courtesy of Missouri taxpayers. According to the Missouri Freight Study 55% of Missouri’s truck traffic by tonnage has neither an origin nor destination in Missouri.
o Those who benefit the least from Amendment 7, people of modest incomes who do less driving and pay a disproportionate share of their incomes toward sales tax, will bear the greatest burden of this regressive tax.
o It has been longstanding policy of virtually every state in the nation to rely on those that benefit the most from highways, auto owners and other highway users, to pay the costs of building and maintaining highways through a gas tax.
o Worst of all, the ballot issue prohibits any increase in user fees like gas taxes or tolls during the time when the sales tax is in effect, assuring that the outrageous inequity in funding the state’s highway program will effectively be permanent.
(Note: trucks do pay significant road taxes but studies have concluded over the years that the heaviest trucks do the majority of damage to the roads and only pay about half of their actual costs to the system. The sales tax will dramatically increase that inequity.)
 The tax is excessive.
o This is the largest tax increase in Missouri’s history. Missouri is struggling to pay for essential services such as public education, the social safety-net, healthcare, public safety, and criminal justice. The General Assembly has made clear its belief that lower taxes will attract economic growth and has generally acted to restrict spending and cut taxes. To enact the largest tax increase in our history at this time is hypocritical and counterproductive. Missouri’s families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery; adding to their burden at this time is wrong.