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Legislative proposal may benefit MoDOT

Monday, April 21, 2003

Last year's transportation tax debacle has Missouri legislators focusing on reforms designed to increase accountability and win back the trust of residents for the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Highways and Transportation Commission. ...

Among the plans in the Senate is one that would create a permanent Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight to investigate allegations of abuse, waste and fraud, as well as to review the state's transportation department and issue reports to the legislators and commissioners. ...

In the House, a substitute bill would require that the governor appoint one candidate from each political party to the transportation commission every two years. ....

Unimportant filler? Hardly. Creating a legislative oversight committee and ensuring that legislators have direct input into the selection of commissioners would seem a big step toward winning back the trust that Missourians lost after a 15-year plan, accompanied by a 6-cent gasoline tax increase, proved too costly and ambitious and was abandoned. ...

Missouri's highway needs are great and resources small. In general, voters have been supportive of maintaining and improving the sprawling system. But the highly touted and abruptly discredited 15-year plan has put them off. Like it or not, some sort of accountability mechanism will be needed to restore the faith of Missourians.

The Joplin Globe



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