Missouri transportation task force to recommend fuel tax increases

A legislative task force formed with the goal of improving Missouri’s transportation systems plans to recommend a 10-cent gasoline tax increase and a 12-cent diesel tax increase.

That would raise approximately $430 million annually for the state’s roads and bridges, according to Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City, who chairs the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force.

The task force, which has been holding meetings since June, gathered Tuesday in Jefferson City to review a working draft of its final report. Hikes to the state’s fuel tax were among the report’s key recommendations.

Missouri’s fuel tax hasn’t been raised since 1996. The state’s gasoline and diesel tax are both currently 17-cents a gallon.

If the Legislature approves the task force recommendation, the issue would go before Missourians on the statewide ballot.

Read more: Missourinet, Missouri Times

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