Missouri Panel Recommends Gas Tax Hike - KOAM TV 7

Missouri Panel Recommends Gas Tax Hike


      Missouri lawmakers and voters might have to decide whether road and bridge improvements are worth higher prices at the pumps.
    A Missouri panel is recommending increasing the state's 17-cent fuel tax by 10 cents for gasoline and 12 cents for diesel.
    Transportation task force leader Rep. Kevin Corlew said the fuel tax increase would bring in an estimated $430 million annually.
    That would fill a little more than half of the $825 million annual shortfall facing Missouri transportation.
    If passed by lawmakers during the roughly five-month legislative session that begins Wednesday, the tax hike still would need public approval through a statewide vote. But tax hikes have struggled to make it through the Legislature.

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