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February 5, 2013

One-cent sales tax proposed for statewide transportation needs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, today in Jefferson City  introduced legislation calling for a one-cent sales dedicated specifically for the transportation needs of cities, counties and the state highway system.

Senate Joint Resolution 16 would raise an estimated $7.9 billion in new transportation funding over the 10-year life of the tax.

A similar measure was introduced in the House.

In response to the proposed legislation, Rudy Farber, Neosho, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, said in a statement, “Improvements made possible by the proposed one-cent sales/use tax would benefit every citizen. Safer highways, less congestion, and a stronger economy with more than a quarter-million supported jobs are to be expected should Missouri voters agree.”

The legislation calls for 10 percent of the new revenue to be distributed to cities and counties for local transportation purposes. The tax would not be collected on medicine, groceries or gasoline, and would expressly prohibit any toll roads from being established on existing highways for the duration of the tax.

Should the joint resolution pass the Legislature, the proposal will be placed before Missouri voters for approval.

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