A recent AP article by David A. Lieb highlighted the differing opinions held by Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Mike Kehoe on the proposed sales tax funding for transportation.
The governor opposes funding through sales tax because sales tax is regressive in nature and would fall disproportionately on lower and fixed income citizens. The senator supports the plan because MoDOT needs the money and the sales tax increase would create “tens of thousands of good, high-paying jobs.”
Gov. Nixon recognizes the needs of MoDOT and he is aware of the stimulating effect of investing tax money to improve our transportation system.
The need of increased funding is agreed to by both governor and senator. The economic stimulation from meeting these needs is also mutually recognized. The disagreement is in where the funding should come from.
I tend to agree with Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson, a renowned Republican cheerleader, when he states, “… why shouldn’t motorist, the users of roads, be the ones to pay for the repair and upkeep of those roads?”