Missouri voters rejected a proposal that would raise funds for transportation projects throughout the state.
According to the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, the proposal was rejected by 59% of voters. Missouri officials had hoped to generate about $5.4 billion over 10 years to pay for hundreds of projects, including the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 70 from Independence to Wentzville.
The Missouri General Assembly passed a transportation funding proposal in May that asked voters to approve three-fourths-cent temporary sales tax. The legislation stipulated that the new revenue would fund road and bridge construction, and could not be used for anything other than transportation. Ten percent of the funding raised was to be set aside for local transportation projects (5% each for counties and municipalities), while the remaining 90% was to go to the "Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund," used at the discretion of the highways and transportation commission.