Passage of Prop D is Critical to Transportation Infrastructure in Missouri

26 Sep 2018 2:44 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

Missouri’s roads and bridges are the foundation of our economy. In fact, transportation infrastructure is a leading factor influencing business to relocate and expand. 

In the Missouri Chamber’s Missouri 2030 study conducted by Gallup, business leaders and site selectors identified infrastructure—primarily transportation—as one of four top critical areas. Only 37 percent of them were satisfied with Missouri’s current infrastructure.

Our state’s central position is a powerful asset that has driven industry growth.

Missouri is within 500 miles of 41 percent of total U.S. buying power, 44 percent of U.S. wholesale trade, 44 percent of all U.S. manufacturing plants, and seven of the top 25 U.S.-located international cargo hubs. 

This is unique to Missouri and our location. But we are not doing enough to take advantage of these strengths.

We have been severely under-funding Missouri’s transportation infrastructure for years. Crumbling roads are hindering the growth of our economy and making it harder to attract new jobs to our state.

“As a service industry, our entire business operates on the road, and with a fleet of vehicles, fuel expense is definitely an important part of our budget.” said Stella Crewse, CEO of Morgan Miller Plumber. 

“At first glance, an increase in the gas tax will certainly affect our bottom line. Upon closer consideration, the state of the roads is so important to our business, that we cannot afford to continue to ignore their state of disrepair. I truly believe that, in the end, we would pay more in increased vehicle maintenance and tires due to poorly maintained roads than we would pay in additional gas taxes for our fleet. No one likes more taxes, but we cannot afford to continue to turn a blind eye to this issue.”

Prop D provides a straightforward solution. Our state fuel tax is among the nation’s lowest and it hasn’t been increased since 1996. Raising it 2.5 cents annually for the next four years is a simple and reasonable measure that will generate an estimated $288 million annually — plus $122 million annually for local transportation construction projects.

“Adequately funding Missouri’s transportation infrastructure is crucial to attracting new business to our area and keeping the ones we have,” said Vickie Wolgast, South KC Chamber President. Kansas City’s location in the center of the United States is a huge asset to future growth and development and the passage of Prop D is important to help maintain that asset.”

We can’t afford to let Missouri’s advantage as a central state diminish any further due to poor funding. This November, Missouri voters need to take action to drive our state forward and we need your help to get the message out! 

If you would be interested in more information about Prop D to share with employees, please contact the South KC Chamber at 816.761.7660.

South KC Chamber of Commerce

406 E. Bannister Road, Suite F
Kansas City, MO 64131-3028

Phone: (816) 761-7660
Fax: (816) 761-7340





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