FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) – The mayor of Florissant is challenging Gov. Jay Nixon to worry less about a new stadium and more about new roads.
Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider sends Nixon a letter urging him to call a special session of the legislature to pass a two-cent a gallon gasoline tax hike for road repairs.
“We’re up against the wall, here. It’s past the 11th hour, so I’m trying to turn the clock back,” Schneider says. “I’ve asked the governor and several correspondence that I’ve sent to him, to call a special session so we can at least pass the two cents.”
The fear is without the two-cent hike, Missouri won’t have the money to draw down $100 million a year in federal highway funds.
“Let me tell you, in the future, they’re not even going to have the money to do the basic maintenance of bridges,” he says. “In the not too distant future, we will find ourselves waking up one morning, can not take that route that we usually took, and we’re going to have to go miles and miles out of the way to get where we’re going.”
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