Lawmaker sues Missouri to block fuel tax referendum

A Republican state representative has filed a lawsuit looking to prevent a proposed gasoline tax increase from appearing on the state’s November ballot.

Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, argues that the measure’s wording violates the Missouri Constitution because it covers more than one subject. The bill in question, passed by lawmakers in May, was originally written to make a tax deduction for Olympic medals won by Missouri athletes. It was later amended with the added gas tax referendum.

The measure would gradually increase gasoline taxes by 10 cents per gallon, moving the rate to 27 cents per gallon by 2022. The revenue would fund traffic-enforcement efforts by the state highway patrol and help address “traffic bottlenecks.” If implemented, the tax could bring $293 million annually to the state road fund, analysts say.

In 2014, Missourians voted down a 3/4-cent sales tax that would have brought in significant funding for transportation.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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