Over the past few weeks we’ve shared information with employees through Connections and MoDOT Now to help us all better understand the impacts of Amendment 7. If you haven’t yet taken the time, here’s another chance to review the key information.
While it is not our job to advocate for the amendment, or tell people how to vote, we do have a responsibility to help people understand the need for additional transportation funding and the benefits it provides. It’s about the safety of Missourians, our infrastructure and the economy of the state.
Constitutional Amendment 7
- Is a ¾-cent sales tax (not charged on food, prescription medicine or gasoline).
- A tax that is temporary for 10 years.
- It generates about $540 million per year.
- It can be used for any transportation purpose.
- No tolls or fuel tax increase can take place during the 10-year period.
- A project list showing all the projects that will be funded should the amendment pass has been approved by the Commission.
- The complete project list and information about the amendment can be found on the website - http://www.modot.org/movingforward/
What Role Can Employees Play?
Employees need to know the basics listed above, and be willing to help the people understand what's on the project list. Remember, talk about what you know, your personal experiences as a MoDOT employees.
Here’s the three things you can tell your neighbor:
1. Everyone benefits from transportation.
2. Our roads and bridges are deteriorating. We can’t keep up with the needs.
3. When we make improvement to our roads and bridges we save lives with the things we do.