The Missouri Department of Transportation estimates that it has an annual budget shortfall of approximately $825 million, which contributes to Missouri’s infrastructure ranking a dismal 47th out of 50 in revenue per mile. This is all despite Missouri having the 7th largest road and bridge system in the entire country.
This doesn’t just mean unfilled potholes and unpainted bridges, it means increased risk to driver safety due to things like heavy traffic, swerving to miss problem areas, and driving over deteriorating bridges. This puts our citizens at risk, but it also has a serious economic impact discouraging companies from moving or expanding in Missouri, or even just transporting goods across our highway system.
Without adequate funding, our highways and bridges will continue to deteriorate into an even more dangerous condition. Mitch Weber supports immediate action to bring Missouri “up to speed” on transportation, including but not limited to a fuel tax increase and ending an in-state giveaway to retailers for timely remittance of sales tax.
If we are going to do the hard work of adequately funding and rebuilding Missouri’s roads and bridges, we are going to need your help. Please Make a Donation today to help elect Mitch Weber to the Missouri House of Representatives.