Senators propose Missouri transportation sales tax

February 5, 2013 • Business

Senator Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City and Rudy Farber, foreground right at microphone, struggle to hear a reporter’s question as a large dumptruck goes behind them during a news conference just west of Loose Creek, MO, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2013. Farber is chairman of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission and was on hand, along with Kehoe and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, when they announced they were going to introduce legislation to call for a temporary one-cent sales and use tax dedicated specifically to transportation funding. It would be scheduled to sunset in 10 years. (AP Photo/News Tribune, Julie Smith)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday proposed increasing the state sales tax by a penny for the next decade in order to raise money for the state’s transportation needs.

Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, introduced a proposal that would require voter approval to enact and to renew after 10 years. Supporters estimate it would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade and could support Login to read more

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