Missouri House strikes down proposed gas tax hike

9 months 1 week 22 hours ago Wednesday, April 12 2017 Apr 12, 2017 Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:37:03 AM CDT April 12, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has defeated a proposal to raise gas taxes by nearly 6 cents per gallon to fund improvements to thousands of miles of state highways and hundreds of bridges.

Legislators struck down the proposal 51-103 on Wednesday. It would've increased the tax to help mitigate the effects of aging roadway infrastructure throughout the state.

Missouri has the seventh largest road system in the country but ranks 47th in revenue per mile. Lawmakers have long floated proposals to generate more revenue for roads and bridges, but so far none have stuck.

The proposed fuel tax increase was an amendment to a bill that taxes propane used for vehicles. That bill was given initial approval Wednesday and requires one more vote in the House before it moves to the Senate.

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