Judge rules gas tax referendum will proceed

A judge ruled Tuesday against a Missouri GOP lawmaker who sued the state in the hopes of blocking a gas tax hike from appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, argued that the measure’s wording violates the Missouri Constitution because it covers more than one subject. Lawmakers passed the gas tax increase in May as a part of a bill establishing a tax deduction for Olympic medals won by Missouri athletes.

Circuit Judge Robert Schollmeyer ruled that the measure does not violate the state Constitution because both the gas tax and the Olympic tax break relate to state revenue laws.

If approved by voters, the state’s gasoline tax would gradually increase by 10 cents per gallon until reaching 27 cents per gallon in 2022. The revenue would be used to fund the state highway patrol’s traffic-enforcement efforts and help address traffic bottlenecks. If implemented, the tax could bring in $293 million annually for the state road fund, analysts say.

Read more: Associated Press

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