Missouri House Speaker says fuel tax plan still possible

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, said he is still waiting to see if the Senate can produce a plan in the coming days to raise the state’s motor fuel tax by 5.9 cents per gallon.

The Senate gave preliminary approval last week to a proposed statewide referendum asking voters whether the gas tax should be raised from 17 cents per gallon to 22.9 cents.

The sponsor, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, said the plan would help pave the way for $165 million in new revenue for state highways and bridges.

In 2014, voters rejected a sales tax increase that would have provided about $5.4 billion for transportation over 10 years.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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