JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Governor Mike Parson kicked off Infrastructure Week with two stops in Columbia and a visit in Jefferson City Monday.
The governor said he wanted Missouri voters to pass a gas tax increase on the November ballot for road and bridge improvements. Parson said Missouri’s roads and bridges were just part of the infrastructure improvements on his wish list.
He said many people forget infrastructure also includes technology like broadband service. The Governor said the passage of Proposition D is necessary to help keep our roads and bridges safe for drivers through highway construction projects.
“When you start talking about infrastructure, you are talking about broadband. It’s not always about highways and bridges," Parson said. "It’s about utilities and water and all kinds of infrastructure in place all over the state of Missouri.”
Parson said he would spend Infrastructure Week supporting Proposition D and higher gasoline taxes in Missouri by explaining what government leaders planned to do with the extra money.
"How they vote will be up to the individual voter. When you look at Missouri and we haven’t done anything for the transportation system for more than two decades, 20 years, and we’ve added 6,000 miles of new highway systems since that time," he said. "You just can’t keep kicking that can down the road and expect it to get better. It’s important for me to go out and make sure that the people of Missouri know what we are facing and know what those issues are and let them decide at the ballot box what they want.”