The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports GOP leaders think recent changes in public assistance to low-income families will allow the state to generate up to $2 billion for road repair programs over the next 10 years.
The idea, pitched by Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, would let Republican lawmakers avoid approving a 1.5-cent gas tax increase.
House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, has said Republicans want to avoid a tax increase by using money currently in the budget which will be available after the “Strengthening Missouri Families Act”, approved over the objection of Nixon last spring, removes an estimated 6,400 poor children from public assistance.
For more details and the critical repairs discussed, read Kurt Erickson and Leah Thorsen's article here:
Source: St.Louis Post-Dispatch
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