Bipartisan group of representatives fail 2 cent gas tax increase
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Bipartisan group of representatives fail 2 cent gas tax increase

Date: April 21, 2015
By: Chris Mathews
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 995

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A bipartisan group from the House Transportation Committee voted to fail a proposed 2 cent gasoline tax increase Tuesday.
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Wrap: A week after Senators failed to advance a gas tax increase, the House Transportation Committee voted down a similar measure Tuesday.  

The bill would have raised the gas tax by 2 cents up to 19 cents per gallon, generating more than $50 million a year to be spent on infrastructure needs.

Republican Bill Lant of Pineville supported the increase, citing poor bridge conditions.

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Description: "In my district, we've already had two bridges that they've had to drop the load limits on because of the condition of the bridges...I think this is something we've got to get started on."

A bipartisan group from the committee ultimately voted to kill the bill.   

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Chris Mathews.

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Wrap: A bipartisan group of representatives from the House Transportation Committee failed a proposed gas tax increase Tuesday.

The 2 cent increase would have generated more than $50 million in its first full year, money to be used on infrastructure projects across Missouri.

Democratic representative Bob Burns from St. Louis County supported the bill, suggesting the money could be used on improving poor road conditions in the state's rural areas.

However, the measure was killed by a vote of 5-6, just one week after Senators failed to advance a similar bill in that chamber.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Chris Mathews   


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