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Governor Holden releases a plan to fund transportation in Missouri

March 6, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

A month after Governor Holden said in his state of the state address that he wanted to take the lead in fixing the state's transportation needs he unveiled a plan to try and do just that.

Renny MacKay was there for the unveiling.

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Contents: Holden says that he expressed his intention of bringing people together this year to develop a total transportation plan. And that the state cannot afford to wait.

In that quote several facts about this plan are revealed.

It is a total transportation plan, dividing 620 million dollars between, highways, bridges, interstate roads, river and air transportation and public transportation.

But, to get that kind of money it requires one of the largest tax increases in history. Including a 5/8ths of a cent sales tax increase and a 3 cent gas tax increase.

Voters will have to approve this plan and the tax increase, but Republicans like House Minority leader Catherine Hanaway still aren't supporting the bill.

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Contents: Hanaway says she doesn't think voters will support the tax increase and that a sales tax isn't the traditional way to pay for highways.

Under this plan, the Governor would appoint a secretary of transportation and the transportation commission would now be made up of nine members, one from each congressional district.

For Missouri Capital Caucus I'm Renny MacKay.