|As we close in on the final days before Missourians vote on Constitutional Amendment 7, I’ve been thinking about how we function as department and what our future holds. We are an agency that has learned from our past. And we understand the value, the necessity of moving forward and always planning for the future. We understand the impact our actions have on every single person in this state.
Earlier this week, someone told me about a 93-year-old man who called the customer service center, wanting some information on our neighboring states’ sales and fuel taxes. He was concerned, he said, about conversations he’d heard at the facility where he lives, and letters to the editor he’d seen in the paper.
“People don’t have the right information,” he said. He wanted to know for himself just where Missouri falls in comparison to every state that touches our border. That way, he could “set the record straight.”
This man has lived almost as long as MoDOT has been in existence. He told customer service he didn’t drive anymore, but that didn’t matter. He wanted to be informed, and he was willing to reach out, ask questions, and find out the facts so he could make the best decision for Missouri.
Will he vote yes on Aug. 5? I don’t know. But that call reminds me how important our work is. It matters to and registers with people – even those who have earned the right to sit back, relax, and let someone else worry about the future.
In less than two weeks, we’ll know the result of the vote on Amendment 7. We may get a boost in transportation funding that will allow for safety improvements, projects that will grow the economy, needed repairs to our roads and bridges and funding for the other types of transportation like transit. Without it, we know we’ll keep focusing on what we’ve been doing: maintaining what we have, keeping people safe, and providing great customer service. I could not be more proud of our achievements. I know the 5,100 MoDOT employees that blanket the state come to work committed to doing a good job for every traveler in our state, every day. Thank you.