Missouri voters may get the chance to weigh in on the state’s transportation funding crisis. MODOT director Dave Nichols told lawmakers yesterday that MODOT will struggle to maintain the transportation system in 2017 without a new funding source. That source could be a one percent state sales tax increase if some lawmakers get their way. The sales tax rate would increase to 5-point-225 percent if approved by voters; and could raise more than eight billion dollars over 10 years for roads. The ballot measure has received bi-partisan support in the past but has also been opposed by groups on both sides of the political spectrum. Missourians for safe transportation and new jobs is trying to go around the legislature and use the ballot initiative process to pass a nearly identical proposal. The group needs nearly 200-hundred thousand signatures before May to have a shot at getting it on the ballot.