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State representatives have different ideas about raising the gasoline tax

Date: December 8, 2015
By: Nicole Shaddy
State Capitol Bureau

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Several state lawmakers want to raise the gasoline tax in the upcoming legislative session, but disagree on how much.
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Wrap: St. Louis County Representative Keith English wants to raise the gas tax from 17 to 19 cents in the upcoming session, calling it a "temporary fix" to address the transportation department's infrastructure funding problems.

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Description: "I feel that if you want to pay for infrastructure like bridges and roads that the people who should pay for it are the people that are tearing it up, if you will."

Another St. Louis County representative also wants to raise the gas tax--but her bill would send the issue to voters in a statewide election, and would raise the tax by 7 cents.

Missouri has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy.

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In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, several lawmakers have proposed gas tax increases.
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Wrap: One of the largest increases comes from St. Louis County Representative Margo McNeil, who proposed a 7 cent increase in the state's 17 cent gas tax.

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Description: "I think people deserve to have a voice in this process and, um, this the 7 cents is what's needed."

Other legislators have proposed more modest increases, like a two cent increase.

Even a 1.5 cent increase did not make it out of the Senate Budget committee last session.

Missouri has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy.

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Some state lawmakers want to raise the state's gas tax to fund necessary repairs to the state's roads and bridges, but don't agree on how to do so.
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Wrap: A St. Louis County representative sponsored a bill to raise the state's tax from 17 to 24 cents per gallon by putting the issue on the ballot for November's election.

But St. Louis County Representative Keith English said he wants raise the tax by two cents during the upcoming session, because it has a better chance of passing in the state legislature.

 

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Description: "This idea that I came up with, you know, is a temporary fix and it shows the people that, hey, we are going to make sure this two cents only goes towards bridges and roads."

A proposed 1.5 cent increase did not make it out of the Senate Budget committee last session.

Missouri has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy.


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