- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)5
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
Highway funding creates new jobs
To the editor:
With the Highway Trust Fund facing insolvency in 2009, and as the Missouri Department of Transportation begins repaying bonds soon thereafter, our state and nation face serious issues with our aging roads and bridges. The trust fund relies on fuel taxes to maintain roads and bridges. By 2009, revenue generated by the fund will not meet expected maintenance costs.
Amendment 3, approved by voters to provide more funding for roads and bridges here in Missouri, included a bonding feature that allowed necessary repairs to be done quickly. However, as MoDOT enters the repayment period for those bonds, funding for maintenance will be dramatically decreased. The original interstate highway system has aged beyond its design life, and nearly a third of our nation's roads and bridges are in poor or mediocre condition. The longer we wait to address this issue, the more expensive the solution will become.
A viable transportation system is critical to our economy as it allows small businesses, manufacturers and farmers to efficiently deliver products to market. By making a significant investment in transportation infrastructure, we not only reduce costs for the goods and products we consume, but we also create jobs. It has been estimated that a $1 billion investment in transportation infrastructure creates nearly 50,000 jobs. With such an investment, we can create sustained economic development.
As Congress takes up the next highway bill, it is important for us to consider the long term benefits of investing in our transportation system.
RIC NEUBERT, President. Delta Companies, Cape Girardeau