Construction companies, design firms and others that stand to gain a decade’s worth of state business if a Missouri tax hike referendum passes in August have kicked in almost $1 million so far for a publicity campaign that will soon include TV commercials and other paid media. In the arsenal of the opposition: About $1,200.
On one side is a road construction industry that badly wants Missouri voters to approve the three-quarter-cent sales tax increase when they go to the polls on Aug. 5, to fund billions of dollars in future road and bridge contract work for that industry. On the other side are opponents who say the proposed tax is regressive and unfair.
The proposed sales tax hike would add about 8 cents to a $10 purchase, and would fund a range of transportation-related projects for at least the next 10 years.