Gas tax increase proposal to be filed again

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The chairman of the House Transportation committee says he’ll pre-file a bill for the 2016 legislative session that would increase the gasoline tax by two cents.

Representative Glen Kolkmeyer said if Missouri doesn’t provide more of its own transportation dollars, it could lose federal four-to-one matching funds. Kolkmeyer said he and the committee are open to other funding ideas, but anything over a two-cent fuel increase would require a public vote. He said he favors a gas tax increase instead of tolls roads and many of his constituents are in agreement.

Lawmakers can begin filing bills December 1.

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