Hearings Begin on Highway Sales Tax

7 years 4 days 5 hours ago Tuesday, February 19 2013 Feb 19, 2013 Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:37:00 PM CST February 19, 2013 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist

JEFFERSON CITY - Supporters lined up at a house committee hearing Tuesday to speak on a proposed sales tax hike to pay for transportation infrastructure.

The measure, identical to one filed in the senate on Feb. 5, would impose a one-cent sales tax for ten years if approved by voters. The revenue from the tax would be set aside for transportation infrastructure use.

Bill sponsor Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, said the cost of concrete and asphalt had outpaced the growth of gasoline tax revenue. He said Missouri would have to raise its gas tax from 17 to 57 cents a gallon to match the revenue the sales tax proposal would generate. Hinson said Missourians are far more likely to approve a sales tax increase than a gas tax increase of this magnitude.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith said if the measure passes, his department would use $100 millon of the revenue each year to buy bonds to pay for construction on Interstate 70. Keith said MoDOT plans to tear up the highway and rebuild it in place. He said the tax could lead to the single largest jobs creation program in the state, with all of it occurring in the private sector.

"We won't hire one additional state worker," Keith said.

While support at the hearing was strong, it was not universal. St. Louis 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie questioned whether it was wise to write a blank check before putting together a list of projects. He said urban voters could end up voting on a measure to fix rural roads when metro areas need improvements to public transit. Moreover, Ogilvie said the tax would hurt the elderly, people who live on fixed incomes, and people who don't drive much. Striking a similar tone, Trailnet Active Transportation Manager Jennifer Allen said any transportation infrastructure projects should include improvements for pedestrians and bicycle riders as well as cars. Allen said her organization does not oppose the tax in principle.

The senate transportation committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on that chamber's version of the proposal at 7:30 Wednesday morning.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The city's big plans for Columbia Regional Airport (COU) got a shot in the arm Friday with the... More >>
50 minutes ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 2:19:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in Continuous News
Anxiety is your body's reaction to stress. According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety disorders are the most common type... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 11:28:00 AM CST February 24, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
(CNN) -- Harvey Weinstein was found guilty Monday of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 10:59:00 AM CST February 24, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - House Republicans will talk about health care for children who are eligible for the MO HealthNet Monday.... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 10:22:00 AM CST February 24, 2020 in News
BRUNSWICK - After a year of record-breaking flooding, neighbors in Brunswick hope they don't see a repeat this summer. ... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:22:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in News
LINN - A lot of the times it's hard to know the affect you'll have on someone until after it's... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:08:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in Sports
BOONVILLE — Community members in Boonville gathered Sunday in support of moving the Boonslick Regional Library (BRL) Cooper County Branch... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 6:15:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will celebrate the 150th anniversary of... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 5:23:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in News
AP — State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 11:17:32 AM CST February 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Dozens of boy scouts and girl scouts showed up for water safety event at Hickman High School Sunday... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 10:34:00 AM CST February 23, 2020 in News
SEDALIA — A 49-year-old man was taken to the University of Missouri hospital via air ambulance after sustaining a gunshot... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:25:40 AM CST February 23, 2020 in News
FULTON - Police arrested a 44 year old Fulton man after he attempted to unlawfully enter a home twice, assaulted... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 6:10:00 AM CST February 23, 2020 in News
SEDALIA- Police officers in Sedalia responded to a report of a man lying in the roadway near the 700 block... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:01:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Dozens of MU students gathered to raise money for cancer research Saturday. Mizzou's Relay for Life raised... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 6:41:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Police arrested three people after a Saturday afternoon robbery led to a car chase, according to a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 5:46:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, but some lawmakers are worried about what that could... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:53:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri may have shed its unwanted image as the meth lab capital of the U.S.,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:21:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is getting a break from winter weather this weekend and many residents are taking advantage of it.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 22 2020 Feb 22, 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 4:21:00 PM CST February 22, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
4pm 44°
5pm 43°
6pm 42°
7pm 42°