Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 9:57 am
A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.
The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed 1-cent sales tax to fund state and local transportation projects.
The tax would require approval by Missouri voters and go back on a statewide ballot after 10 years.
Officials estimate the tax would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade with 10 percent dedicated to local transportation needs.
The proposal now goes to the House after clearing the Senate Thursday on a vote of 24-10. All the opponents were Republicans.
A Missouri House committee has endorsed a proposed 1-cent increase in the state sales tax to boost funding for transportation.
The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would require approval in a statewide vote and expire after 10 years.
Proponents estimate the higher sales tax would raise nearly $8 billion over 10 years for transportation projects.
The measure would dedicate 10 percent of the extra revenue to local transportation needs and freeze the state's gas tax rate while the higher sales tax was in effect.