Transportation tax

August 5 Election
12:28 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Transportation Tax Campaign Spent More than $2 Million -- Just In July

A portion of Interstate 70 that suffered storm damage
Credit (via Missouri Department of Transportation)

The campaign for a statewide transportation sales tax has been in a spending frenzy in July – and still has more money to burn.

The latest campaign-finance report shows the group called Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs has $1.67 million left to spend during the final days leading up to the Aug. 5 election.

And that’s after spending more than $2 million on TV ads during first four weeks of July.

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Week In Review
11:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Rundown: All The Buzz About Student Beekeepers -- And County Executive Race

From left, clockwise: Charlie Dooley, Rick Stream, Tony Pousosa, Steve Stenger

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Primary election 2014

Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air'

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Amendment 7
11:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

By The Numbers: Expect Lots Of Road Work If Transportation Tax Passes

MoDOT crews continue ongoing construction on a I-64-related project. If Amendment 7 passes, the vast majority of funding statewide and in the St. Louis region will go toward road and bridge work.
Credit Photo courtesy of MoDOT

If Missourians back a transportation sales tax next month, road workers can expect a busy decade. 

That's a key takeaway of a St. Louis Public Radio analysis of a project list approved by the state's Highways and Transportation Commission. It's what will be funded if voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase on Aug. 5.

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On The Trail
1:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

We Asked Five Questions About Campaign Finance Reports. Here Are The Answers

Credit flickr/yomanimus

The seven or eight people who love watching political ads will be in for an exciting three weeks.  

Everybody else in Missouri may want to become familiar with the “fast forward” button on their DVRs.

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Campaign Finance
7:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising

Credit dleafy | sxc.hu

The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.

Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

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Primary Election 2014
6:38 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri Transportation Commissioners Approve Final Transportation Tax Project List

Interstate 70, just east of the Mo. River Bridge near Rocheport. The bridge would be replaced by a newer one as part of the expansion of I-70 under the Amendment 7 project list.
Credit (MoDOT)

Missouri transportation commissioners have approved a list of projects totalling $4.8 billion that would be funded by a 0.75 percent sales tax that voters will decide next month.

The wish list contains more than 800 projects, most of them road and bridge improvements. If passed, money would go to replacing or improving 330 bridges across the state and resurfacing more than 3,200 miles of roads. But the list also includes improvements at 24 airports, seven river ports, 14 railroads, and 71 sidewalks.  

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August 5 Primary
2:19 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Transportation Tax Proposal And Schmitt Benefit From Deluge Of Donations

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The first week of July has been a boon for the main group campaigning for the proposed transportation sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot and for just-announced Republican state treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt.

In the last 24 hours alone, Missourians for Safe Transportation & New Jobs Inc. has collected at least $410,000 – much of it from road construction firms and related unions.

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Transportation Funding
3:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

LaHood: Inaction On Highway Trust Fund Could Be Disastrous

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood speaks on Tuesday at a St. Louis Regional Chamber event. The former Illinois Republican congressman is supporting an effort to raise the federal gas tax.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tuesday, updated on Wednesday, July 2 with "St. Louis on the Air" interview

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is sounding the alarm bells about the federal government’s dwindling Highway Trust Fund.

LaHood — a former Republican member of Congress from Illinois — wants Congress to raise the federal gas tax to prevent the fund from going belly up.

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Primary Election 2014
10:11 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Missourians will vote Aug. 5 on a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation projects. The proposal — commonly known as the transportation tax — would generate billions of dollars over the next decade to fix roads, repair bridges and improve mass transit. 

The stakes are high. Supporters say Missouri needs more money for its aging transportation infrastructure. With gas tax revenue dwindling and federal funding uncertain, some policymakers see the sales tax as a guaranteed way to fund transportation needs.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:23 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

What Should Transportation In St. Louis Look Like In 30 Years?

The Stan Musial Bridge
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

From horses, trolleys, trains and steamboats to bikes, cars, buses and planes, the ways St. Louisans get from place to place have undergone a lot of changes over the years. In years to come, even more transportation changes are inevitable.

As the administrator of federal transportation dollars, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments plays a big part in deciding what those changes will look like.

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