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MODOT DRIVING OFF MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES

MoDOT intended to hire contractors for snow removal this year. The bids they received for the work were overwhelmingly more than they anticipated. It seems that the contractors had to cover the high costs they would need to bear for liability insurance to plow snow. So instead MoDOT is resorting ...

DON'T BET ON DECENT DRIVING IN MISSOURI THIS WINTER

MoDOT's management intended to hire contractors for part of the snow removal this year due to a shortage of maintenance workers (more have left than they expected after their workforce reduction started). When they solicited bids for snow removal, they came in too high. They are now resorting to hiring ...

MoDOT GOOD-OLD-BOY SYSTEM GONE WILD

MoDOT's website and policies profess valuing their workforce. In the past, there was at least some attempt to live up to those values, perhaps because of the old school employees who thought of MoDOT with a sense of people caring about and helping one another. Now its a different story. ...

MODOT LEADERS TRY TO SAVE FACE

MoDOT's leaders want to save face. They don't want to go down in history as the only administration entrusted with Missouri's highways that could not afford the state match to receive federal funds. Good enough. But I think it's a great injustice for them to come up with the money ...

I Cry Over MoDOT's Spilled Milk

MoDOT tends to have a hard time admitting to mistakes. Selling bonds was apparently considered a mistake in 2003 when they stopped before selling half of all they were authorized to sell. Only a year later, Amendment 3 was passed, and with the new money available to them, MoDOT obligated ...

A Facebook Exchange With MoDOT

Freddie Beechwood on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 It's my understanding that the Highway Commission sold bonds to enable a construction boom the last several years. I read that $2.2 billion in interest will now be owed on the bonds over the next 20 years. Why were these taxpayer dollars intentionally ...

QUESTIONABLE MODOT PRACTICES

During MoDOT's recent accelerated projects, some questionable practices took place. For example, millions were handed out to contractors in bonuses, and agreements were made obligating MoDOT to pay millions of dollars to partners if projects weren't completed by the promised dates. The following case was written in a Hannibal newspaper ...

The Truth about Amendment 3's Redirected Vehicle Taxes

People may think that MoDOT's money problems are due to decreased tax revenue from gasoline sales and increased highway costs. That's correct to a point, but the mismanagement of state funds has resulted in much greater losses. The ballot language for Missouri's 2004 Amendment 3 stated "Shall the Missouri Constitution ...

MoDOT - Selling Bonds is Bad, So Let's Do It Again..and Again!

In March 2004, newspapers reported that MoDOT blamed their previous selling of "Senior Lien" bonds as the reason they were dangerously low on funds, so they had wisely stopped selling the bonds in 2003 at $907 million of the $2.25 billion authorized, leaving them with payments of $75 million a ...

Why MoDOT Management Has It Out For Their Employees

In a recent blog entry, I mentioned that MoDOT management would like to eliminate their mandatory contribution to the retirement fund, and that I would go into this more in another entry. MoDOT management threw a fit regarding a shortfall in the retirement system funds in October 2009. Mostly due ...

STATE WORKERS - Senate Hearing Aug 15 2011 on making cuts

To State Employees - It's ugly, it's heartless, it's unethical, and it's walking a thin legal line !! BEWARE, because the Missouri State Senate is looking at bringing it your way. The "it" monster is MoDOT's Bolder Five Year Plan. The Senate Governmental Accountability Committee is scheduled on Aug 15 ...

A Waste of State Highway Funds

MoDOT got itself into significant debt. They will pay over $2.2 billion in interest on the bonds they sold. They are now turning to massive cuts have their match to receive federal funds.

Dismantling MoDOT and Plundering Amendment 3

The ballot language for Missouri's 2004 Amendment 3 said "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require that all revenues from the existing motor vehicle fuel tax (less collection costs) be used only for state and local highways, roads and bridges, and also require that vehicle taxes and fees paid ...

MODOT 5 YEAR PLAN BLASTS WORKERS - AGAIN

The latest salvo on the regular workers at MoDOT. Now that the cuts are underway, MoDOT's top dogs revealed that 270 Maintenance Supervisors will be reduced to 35. That means 235 of them will be demoted to Crew Leaders or lower, and then the domino effect will go on down ...

MoDOT's Debts And Cuts

MoDOT is now paying off debt at $274 million a year, which could have been entirely avoided. Contrary to what is usually stated, Amendment 3 (passed by Mo voters in 2004) did not require the highway commission to use the tax money to sell new bonds. It's in the Mo ...

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