On Tuesday August 5th, Missouri will be holding a primary election as well as 5 constitutional amendment questions. The amendments have had lots of discussion, some heated.
Amendment 7 asks voters to approve a sales tax increase to fund highway projects to raise half a billion dollars a year for ten years with some going to local cities for their road work. Opponents say a better way of funding road work would be a user tax and there is a part of me which agrees when you see who is really really promoting this amendment. "Almost all its money has come in five- and six-figure donations from trucking and automobile interests, as well as construction companies, trade unions and others who stand to gain financially from the construction contracts. The International Union of Operating Engineers donated $200,000 in two days in early July."
Who uses the highways the most? Trucks and the trucking industry which does not want to be in the business of paying a user tax. If this passes St. Louis' sales tax will be higher than Chicago, New York or Los Angeles.
Here's a look at who's using the highways in a big way. This is a Fox2 News shot of I-55 from Troy to Collinsville this morning after an accident.
Not a good day for Illinois drivers trying to get into St. Louis.
It will be very interesting to see what comes of this vote.