“Our association wholeheartedly endorses Amendment 7 because fixing our roads bridges and highways will save lives and improve public safety across Missouri,” Missouri State Troopers Association Executive Director Ken Sears said.
The Missouri State Troopers Association has announced its support for Amendment 7, a three-fourths of 1 percent increase in Missouri’s sales tax that would be spent on the improvement of roads, bridges and other priority transportation projects in Missouri.
“Our association wholeheartedly endorses Amendment 7 because fixing our roads bridges and highways will save lives and improve public safety across Missouri,” Executive Director Ken Sears said.
The condition of Missouri’s roads and bridges has deteriorated in recent years, according to the association. Two thousand of Missouri’s bridges are structurally deficient; nearly two-thirds of roadways are rated only fair or poor; and 20,000 miles of Missouri roads lack shoulders.
“Far too often, our troopers witness the terrible consequences of roadway accidents and the impact they have on Missouri families,” Sears said. “Upgrading our roads and bridges through Amendment 7 is critical to the safety of Missourians across the state.”
Ninety percent of raised revenue would fund priority transportation statewide, while the remaining 10 percent would be split equally between counties and cities for local transportation projects over the next 10 years. Funds cannot be diverted by current or future politicians to non-transportation spending because Amendment 7 is a constitutional amendment.
“This is a tremendous undertaking, and we thank the Missouri State Troopers Association for its support of this life-saving initiative,” said Bill McKenna, Missourians for Safe Transportations and New Jobs, Inc., co-chair. “Passing Amendment 7 on Aug. 5 will fix thousands of miles of roads and hundreds of bridges that are unsafe and in need of immediate actions.”