Transportation tax

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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Transportation Tax
8:06 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

MoDOT Kicks Off Public Meetings On Transportation Tax List

MoDOT held its first public hearing on the transportation tax project list at the Mid-County Branch of the St. Louis County Library in Clayton.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Department of Transportation kicked off a series of public meetings Monday on possible roadway, bridge and mass transit projects funded with a proposed transportation sales tax. 

MoDOT is holding a series of open houses across the state for the public to weigh in on potential projects funded with a .75 percent sales tax increase. Voters are to decide on the issue in the August 5 election. MoDOT held it's first open houses on  Monday in Clayton and Arnold, and it has three more scheduled in the St. Louis region throughout the week. 

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Transportation Tax
5:32 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

MoDOT Releases List Of Hundreds Of Transportation Projects That A Proposed Sales Tax Hike Can Fund

Voters will decide August 5th whether they will fund $5 billion in transportation projects with a 0.75 percent sales tax increase.
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

If voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase this August, the St. Louis area will get bus rapid transit, a light rail stop, a better port and an expanded I-270, among other things. 

That's according to a list the Missouri Department of Transportation released Friday of $5-billion dollars worth of projects that would be funded by the tax increase. 

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On The Trail
10:39 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Analysis: Roads Far Outweigh Bikes In Transportation Tax List

Most of transportation tax project requests from the five East-West Gateway jurisdictions would go to road, highway and bridge projects.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis area leaders squelched any doubts last week about how they want to spend money from a transportation sales tax. 

Sure, some of the regional projects funded with the .75 percent sales tax increase would bolster mass transit service or bike trails. But that's the exception rather than the rule: Most of the roughly $1.5 billion worth of requested projects would go toward roads, highways and bridges.

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Transportation Tax
4:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Road Construction Tops Ring Counties' Wish Lists

Credit File photo

Three St. Louis area counties would focus on road and highway construction if a 0.75 percent transportation sales tax increase passes later this summer. 

This week, four area counties plus St. Louis turned in their preliminary lists of projects that could be funded over a 10-year period with the transportation tax. They're working with East-West Gateway to formulate a list of projects to send to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

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Transportation Tax
4:34 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Area Counties Ready Project Wish Lists; Nixon Opposes Tax Increase

St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis revealed their wish list for transportation projects Monday that would be funded by a potential .75 percent sales tax.
Credit /Via Flickr/ KOMU news, Manu Bhandari

The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County have plans for nearly $1.1 billion worth of transportation projects if a statewide sales tax increase passes this August. 

St. Louis and St. Louis County officials revealed their wish list of projects that would be funded with the .75 percent sales tax increase.  If the transportation tax passes in August, St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties and  the city of St. Louis, are expected receive about $1.49 billion over a 10-year period from the state’s transportation commission.

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On The Trail
11:17 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote

Policymakers have until the end of the month to decide which transportation projects would be funded if a sales tax increase passes in August.
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

If you had $1.49 billion for transportation projects, how would you spend it? Would you repair highways? Bolster mass transit service? Enhance bike lanes?

This isn’t some academic exercise. The St. Louis region’s political leaders are considering how to divide the potential proceeds from a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation. These decisions could have a transformative impact on how St. Louis area residents get around.

But here’s the twist: You have to make this decision very, very quickly.

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On the Trail
1:04 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

McCaskill And Nixon May Sing Different Tunes On Transportation Tax

Gov. Jay Nixon isn't exactly chomping at the bit to support a sales tax increase for transportation projects.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

When it comes to a proposal to raise the state’s sales tax to pay for transportation projects, two of Missouri’s top Democratic officials appear to be on opposing sides of the fence.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill favors the proposal, which – if approved by voters in August – would enact a 10-year, 0.75 percent sales tax for transportation projects. And even though he’s sent signals that he opposes the proposal, Gov. Jay Nixon is withholding statements about the tax increase for now.

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