Legislature Passes Transportation Sales Tax Ballot Proposal

Construction crews work on a ramp off I-70 in St. Louis. | Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation
Construction crews work on a ramp off I-70 in St. Louis. | Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation

The Missouri House approved legislation that puts a three-fourth-cent sales tax to pay for highway improvements on election ballots this fall. The House accepted the state Senate’s language that reduced the proposed sales tax from the initial one-cent proposal.

Some opposing legislators said it was unfair to ask voters to increase their state sales tax – now generally 4.25 cents on the dollar – at the same time that the General Assembly has voted to reduce the state’s income tax. Supporters cited projected reductions in the Missouri Department of Transportation’s budget, in part because of lower gasoline-tax revenues.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce president praised the action, calling transportation a vital asset that helps attract jobs and investment in the state.

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