U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said she supports a proposed sales tax increase that would raise money for transportation projects in Missouri because the state’s funding is inadequate. “Is it my first choice on how to fund transportation? Probably not,” McCaskill said. “But it doesn’t mean that I’m not willing to support it.”
If approved by voters in August, the state would enact a 10-year, 0.75 percent sales tax. McCaskill’s support for a ballot issue has been successful in the past. She backed a constitutional amendment protecting stem cell research in 2006, which probably helped her win her first election to the Senate, and may have helped the measure pass.
Despite her support of the sales tax increase McCaskill said she was “disappointed” legislators put the sales tax increase on the ballot at the same time lawmakers cut income and business taxes.