Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thank you, Missouri!

Missourians created jobs and saved lives when they approved Amendment 3 in November 2004. The constitutional change ended the diversion of some highway user fees to certain state agencies and redirected them to road and bridge projects.

We reached a milestone on Oct. 28 when we sold the last of the Amendment 3 bonds. This helped us leverage the additional funding and deliver 2,200 miles of smoother highways, 55 projects that were years down the road and 97 brand new projects that before were only a gleam in our eye. As a result, 83 percent of our major roads are in good condition today and traffic fatalities have decreased 24 percent since 2005.

Missouri voters deserve a big pat on the back and our thanks for investing in their highway system.


Anonymous said...

I know MoDOT doesn't like to acknowledge this, but while Amendment 3 did "end the diversion" of some highway user fees to other agencies (for purposes directly related to highways), the far greater consequence of Amendment 3 was to "divert" tens of millions of general revenue dollars to highways from other state purposes. Specifically, it diverted the second half of the sales tax on motor vehicles to highways. The sales tax on motor vehicles was not intended as a highway user fee when enacted.

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