ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than 800 transportation projects will be in limbo with the failure of Amendment 7, the $.75 sales tax.
And, with that defeat, Tom Shrout with Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions favors going back to the legislature for a gas tax hike.
“I don’t know if it’s going to go that way or not, but it’s something that ought to be on the table and legislators ought to give serious consideration to it,” he says.
Mayor Slay’s chief of staff Jeff Rainford says the good thing is the revenue that would have come from the sales tax increase involved no emergency road projects and only long term projects.
But as far as what to do next to fund those, he’s at a loss.
“We’re kind of back to the drawing board in Missouri,” Rainford says. “I don’t know that anybody has any bright ideas.”
He says voters, along with not liking the sales tax, also don’t seem to like toll roads or gas taxes.
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