As Greitens touts tax cut proposal, he declines to get behind fuel tax increase

Gov. Eric Greitens reiterated Thursday that his plan to cut the state’s tax will not be paired with a fuel tax increase.

The governor’s comments come as both Republicans and Democrats are getting behind the idea of raising taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel to pay for fixing the state’s roads and bridges.

Greitens’ tax cut plan includes reductions in Missouri’s income and corporate taxes. It also includes substantially paring down popular tax breaks, including a deduction for federal income taxes and a 2 percent discount businesses get for turning in their withholding taxes on time.

But unlike other legislative tax cut proposals, Greitens told reporters he won’t include fuel tax hikes in his plan.

“As you saw in our tax plan, we are not planning to raise the gas tax. We are not planning to raise the diesel tax in our plan,” Greitens said. “I think what needs to be done this year is to engage in our plan or some version of it that will help to cut taxes for 97 percent of Missourians.”

Any substantial gas or diesel tax increase would likely have to go to Missouri voters. Greitens didn’t necessarily rule out the idea of a fuel tax increase going to a statewide vote in the future.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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