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Starting Friday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s Tour Truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Petro in Carlisle, Penn. That’s located at 226 off I-76 and Exit 52 off I-81. Stop in, say hi to Jon and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. To see Jon’s full schedule, click here. Air date: July 29, 2014.

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OOIDA Call to Action: Missouri members

As you may know, the Missouri General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 68 (HJ Res. 68). HJ Res. 68 is a ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, would establish a 10-year, ¾ of one percent statewide sales and use tax to fund transportation projects (Note:  the tax would apply to anything that is currently subject to existing Missouri sales and use taxes). The initiative will be on the August 5, 2014, primary ballot as Amendment #7.  Below are a few highlights for your review.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, if approved by Missouri voters, H.J.Res. 68 would:

  • Generate an estimated $5.4 billion over 10 years.
  • Fund road, bridge, aviation, rail, port, public transit, and non-motorized/sidewalk projects across the state,                       including roughly 400 bridge projects, 3,200 miles of roadway resurfacing, 750 miles of new shoulders on rural                 highways, and 31 interchange improvements.
  • Prohibit an increase in fuel taxes and the implementation of any toll road over the 10-year time period (Note:  I-             70 is 1 of 3 interstate facilities authorized for tolling under a federal pilot program.  Then-Governor            Matt Blunt submitted a successful application for I-70 to be included in the pilot program).

 

It is important to note that the tax would “sunset” after 10 years and be placed on the general election ballot in 2024 to be reconsidered by Missouri voters.

Proponents of the initiative include:  AAA, numerous Chambers of Commerce, the Kansas City Star, Springfield News-Leader, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Trucking Association, and labor groups.

Opponents of the initiative include:  Governor Jay Nixon, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions. 

  • For more information go to www.fightingfortruckers.com;
  • If you need help finding contact information, just call the Membership Department here at OOIDA at (816) 229-            5791;
  • Or contact Mike Matousek at (816) 229-5791 or mike_matousek@ooida.com if you have any questions or require             additional information

Air date: July 28, 2014.

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