Gubernatorial candidates make funding pitches to state chamber

Missouri’s five candidates for governor sounded off on a variety of economic topics, including a solution to the transportation funding crisis and how best to support a pro-business climate in the state, at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2016 State of Missouri Business event on Thursday.

Republican candidates John Brunner, Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder noted failed attempts at raising the fuel tax and increasing the general revenue tax, arguing that funding issues can be solved with efficiency and savings in all 16 [state] departments.  Kinder said that Missourians have made it clear they do not support a tax increase as a solution.

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster disagreed with the approach, saying he favored Sen. Doug Libla’s current proposal to raise Missouri’s fuel tax by 3 and a half cents per gallon for diesel and 1 and a half cents per gallon for other fuels. He said he would be open to working with “forward-looking Republicans” to create bipartisan solutions.

Read more: Jefferson City News Tribune

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