The members of the Missouri House Policy Development Caucus will hold a town hall meeting in St. Charles to seek public input on the funding problems plaguing the state’s transportation system.
State Rep. Jeff Messenger, who serves as chairman of the group, said the goal is to talk to Missourians from all walks of life to get their thoughts on how the state should generate much-needed revenue for its roads and bridges. He noted that the state transportation department currently has $825 million in high-priority unfunded transportation needs.
The Policy Development Caucus was formed by House Speaker Todd Richardson last year to develop and fine tune the policy goals of the Missouri House Republican Caucus. The group has spent the last several months analyzing Missouri’s transportation funding needs and possible funding solutions. The caucus now hopes to present its findings to Missourians in all parts of the state and to receive their input on solutions they think are feasible.
The caucus is presenting eight possible funding options for Missourians to consider at these meetings. Messenger said, “We invite folks to come out, share their creative ideas, and make their voices heard on an issue that directly impacts their daily lives.”