MO Senate Majority Leader says lawmakers with try another gas tax, then toll roads

After one more try to pass a gas tax increase to fund the state’s transportation infrastructure, the state should turn to toll roads, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said on Friday.

The proposal would be unpopular, Rowden said. The next fuel tax increase put on the ballot should have clear language, he said, unlike Proposition D, defeated in November.

“If that goes down again, we’re going to talk about toll roads,” Rowden said. Voters have not passed a fuel tax increase since 1987 and twice in the past five years have defeated proposals to increase funding for roads.