A last-gasp effort to increase Missouri’s gas tax during the final weeks of the legislative session received initial approval from the Senate last week, but that may be as far as the bill goes.
Leaders in both the Senate and House have said the bill, which would raise taxes to fund infrastructure projects, faces significant roadblocks and has little time before the legislative session ends on May 15.
The bill would increase Missouri’s tax on diesel fuel 3.5 cents and on other fuel 1.5 cents. Senate projections suggest it would raise $54.6 million a year for the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
But Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said language that would create a board to study tolls on I-70 could undermine the bill.