Transportation tax advocates lead campaign fundraising

Construction crews work on a ramp off I-70 in St. Louis. | Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation
Backers of a tax to fund transportation projects across the state have raised more than $1 million since July 1. | Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation

A coalition backing the proposed sales tax for transportation, which includes most of the major business groups and labor unions in the state, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

The latest report from Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, showed it with almost $1.6 million in the bank as of June 30. But just since July 1, the group has collected at least $1 million more in large donations, reported separately.

Backers of the proposed three-quarter cent sales tax appear to be banking on a last-minute ad blitz on TV stations and in mailboxes to help sway voters who both parties suspect may be leery of the proposal on the Aug. 5 election ballot.

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