Push for Missouri tobacco tax takes new road

The Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (MPCA) is making a first-time initiative petition push for higher taxes on cigarettes and tobacco, and it now says it wants the money to go to transportation.

MPCA, which represents Missouri convenience stores and petroleum, and its allies previously had filed a petition with the Secretary of State’s office that would let Missouri voters next November decide whether to increase cigarette taxes by 135 percent and other tobacco products by 50 percent.

The proposal is among a handful of other initiative petitions that would hike tobacco taxes. Initially, MPCA wanted the money to go into the state’s general revenue fund, but it is now pushing for a similar proposal that would fund transportation infrastructure.

MoDOT hasn’t taken a public stance yet on the measure, and is crafting its own proposal for more funding.

Read more from the Jefferson City News Tribune


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