Projected transportation funding may be inaccurate


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An estimated gap in long-term funding
made by Missouri's transportation department may not be accurate.
State auditor Susan Montee says in a report that the $18.7
billion shortfall was estimated without including inflation.
The audit also found the long-term projects listed in a 2008
transportation Missouri Department of Transportation report were
not chosen using established procedures. And it says the department
is overfunding expansion while underfunding road maintenance
Montee's audit found the report was not approved by the state
Highways and Transportation Commission.
The department says the report was designed to educate the
public about transportation needs and the estimated shortfall was
included to illustrate funding problems.