The House gave initial approval to a constitutional amendment to let voters decide if they want to create a 1-cent transportation sales tax that would be in effect for 10 years and then would need to be reauthorized by voters. Five percent of the revenue would be set aside for county needs and another 5 percent for municipal needs. Those needs would include local streets, bridges, highways and mass transit.
An amendment to raise the state’s fuel tax from 17 to 20 cents a gallon failed. The Missouri Department of Transportation estimates that a 1-cent tax would generate roughly $718 million in revenue in its first year. The state’s long-term outlook for transportation funding shows a continued drop in revenue, which led the Highways and Transportation Commission to stop adding new projects to its five-year construction program. House Joint Resolution 68 needs one more vote before moving to the Missouri Senate, where a similar measure died last year.