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  • Missouri Senate passes transportation sales tax

  • The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed 1-cent sales tax to fund state and local transportation projects.

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  • 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, including Sen. Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit, were Republicans. Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota of Independence votes yes.
    Proponents argue Missouri needs to increase funding for transportation. Some opponents raised concerns about raising taxes.
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