Highway funding measure approved

Missouri voters overwhelmingly in favor of the amendment.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:59 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A state constitutional amendment to direct all vehicle sales taxes and some gas taxes to improving roads and bridges was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by Missouri voters.

With 52 percent of the vote counted, the amendment won 79 percent to 21 percent, according to unofficial results.

Supporters said Amendment 3 will provide much-needed money to fix Missouri’s roads and bridges, which rank among the worst in the nation.

“The people of Missouri adamantly wanted their road dollars to go to roads, and I think their voice has been heard loud and clear,” said Jewell Patek, deputy manager of Yes on Amendment 3 Committee.

Opponents worried moving dollars would devastate education and social services. “Aspects about having all this money go permanently to roads is a policy that I hope can be overturned because it’s no way to conduct the public’s business,” said Pat Martin, spokeswoman for No on Amendment 3.

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