With failure of gas tax, Missouri transportation budget may face rocky road

Voters’ sound defeat of a proposition to raise Missouri’s gas tax by 10 cents makes the state’s path to improving its crumbling roads and bridges less clear.

Supporters of the increase are planning their next steps, KCUR reports. One backer suspects that confusing language in Proposition D and a long midterm ballot shoulder part of the blame.

Gov. Mike Parson, a supporter of a gas tax increase, said he intends to continue exploring ways to “meet our state’s infrastructure needs moving forward,” KCUR reports.

Dan Mehan, CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, expects efforts to continue.

“The case for increasing funding for transportation in Missouri is still there. We’ve just got to figure out a better way,” he told KCUR.