Mo. Infrastructure Proposals Fail at State Capitol

3 years 1 week 3 hours ago May 18, 2013 May 18, 2013 Saturday, May 18 2013 Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:10:18 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have wrapped up their annual legislative session without approving proposals that would have boosted funding for transportation or paid for construction projects at colleges and state facilities.

Lawmakers considered a $1.2 billion bonding package and a 1-cent state sales tax for transportation.  Both would have required voter approval and neither passed before the Legislature's mandatory adjournment Friday.

Leeriness about asking voters to approve a sales tax increase doomed the transportation proposal. Opponents prevented a final vote in the Senate.

Legislative leaders said they viewed the bonding proposal as a two-year process and pledged to return to the concept when lawmakers convene in January 2014.

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