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IP filed to ban toll roads in Missouri

IP filed to ban toll roads in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new initiative petition filed Wednesday would add a significant wrinkle into Missouri’s continuing debate over funding transportation infrastructure. The A Better Road Forward (ABRF) PAC filed a petition to ban all future tolls on Missouri’s roads. ABRF Chairman Wayne Baker said toll roads on Missouri’s roadways would amount to “double taxation.” “Missourians already

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Large companies and businesses could benefit from Emery’s SB 190

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In past sessions, there has been a stalemate between some business and utility interests over grid modernization legislation. However, intense negotiations this session have brought many business groups on board supporting Senator Emery’s SB 190 that would see Missouri’s utility grid brought up standards seen in the rest of the country.

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Grover Norquist weighs in on Emery and Miller’s energy infrastructure bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two proposed energy bills in the Missouri legislature have been heavily debated in the past few weeks, as they seek to upgrade the state’s electric grid and adjust rate mechanisms. SB 190, filed by Sen. Ed Emery, and HB 628, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller, both seek to implement these changes,


Five Senate bills on economic development that aren’t right-to-work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Right-to-work has been the single-most talked about piece of legislation during the legislative session so far, but that is nearing its end. The passage of right-to-work is all but assured; during this week’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, House Speaker Todd Richardson said the bill would reach the desk

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Walsh concerned about MoDOT and highway infrastructure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh has always been a strong and vocal leader in the Missouri legislature and has plenty to say when it comes to the state’s budget. When asked about her reactions to Governor Eric Greitens’ State of the State address on this week’s #MOLEG Podcast, she said she

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Missouri Chamber announces legislative priorities for 2017

Missouri can make significant gains in economic standing and opportunities for workers in 2017 By Karen Buschmann, Missouri Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Communications JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s business community has unfinished business to resolve in the 2017 Legislative Session. After nearly a decade of vetoes of labor, civil justice, unemployment insurance and workers’


‘Road to Tomorrow’ goes through Missouri and could generate revenue for the state’s highways

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If in the next couple of months you see a couple of trucks traveling down the highway with only a couple of feet between them, don’t be alarmed. They’re (probably) part of a pilot program using Bluetooth technology to connect the trucks in a “platoon” system designed to increase fuel efficiency.


PSC opts, for the moment, not to look at grid modernization

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission opted on Wednesday – reluctantly for some of its members – not to open a working case that would have taken a closer look at a state energy plan that would drastically restructure the way electric rates are set. Chairman Daniel Hall announced at the meeting’s


MoDOT adds projects to 5 year plan for road maintenance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — MoDOT has added 855 projects to the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, covering five years, an addition the agency credits to an improved funding situation. The projects funded would focus on maintaining the current transportation system. In the last two years the agency only added a few projects because of the

Gas tax gets its hearing in the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, called a gas tax increase necessary to help Missouri’s highways and bridges when he presented his bill to the House Transportation Committee Tuesday afternoon. During the hearing, the tax saw little opposition and was supported by groups including the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri’s truckers and