We now have lived in Missouri, on and off, since 2012. One subject that appears to have been recurrently mentioned within the information has been the decline within the security of Missouri’s roads and bridges, as a consequence of a scarcity of funding. Lastly Missouri legislators have handed a rise in gas taxes, one thing they may have finished at any time in the course of the previous decade. Missouri gasoline taxes will enhance in 2.5 cent-per-gallon increments from the present charge of 17 cents a gallon to 29.5 cents per gallon by July 2025.
My spouse and I not too long ago made a visit to northwest Ohio. Our impressions had been that Missouri’s roadways are presently in higher situation than these in each Illinois (38.7 cents/gallon) and Indiana (32 cents/gallon). Roadways in Ohio (38.5 cents/galon) appeared to be nearly as good as these in Missouri. (We seem to get quite a bit from MoDOT for our gasoline tax greenback. Thanks.)
I’m not against the gasoline tax enhance, however a number of latest occasions make me marvel. We dwell in Centertown, U.S. 50 west of Jefferson Metropolis is presently being resurfaced. If that is a sign of essentially the most hazardous freeway situation in Missouri our roadways are in nice form.
Trip high quality on among the new asphalt within the westbound lanes appears solely barely higher than that on the outdated pavement. The intersection of Enterprise 50 West and Lomo Drive is being completely redone. If it was essentially the most hazardous, or most congested, intersection, we now have in Missouri, we’re doing nicely.
The Information Tribune simply reported that with the primary 2.5 cent/gallon gasoline tax enhance, MoDOT coffers can be overflowing to the purpose the place the state can enhance subsidies for electric-vehicle homeowners by offering recharging stations in our parks.
We pay roughly $115/yr in gasoline taxes (12,000 miles per yr, common 18 mpg) for the gas we burn in our minivan. It’s my understanding EV homeowners pay a $75/yr charge to cowl their share of the price of Missouri highway enhancements and upkeep.
Now one other EV subsidy should be borne by non-EV homeowners. If politicians/bureaucrats operating the state consider it crucial that EV-charging stations be supplied, why not let personal enterprise bid for the chance to supply the service? Non-EV homeowners shouldn’t have to supply much more subsidies for EV homeowners.