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A day long Senate filibuster blocks one of the biggest issues facing the state.

Date: April 14, 2015
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau

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After a day long debate there is no agreement about how to fund MoDOT.
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Wrap: Republican Senator Rob Schaaf filibustered a bill that would increase the gas tax to fund MoDOT Tuesday evening.

The bill's sponsor Republican Senator Doug Libla from Poplar Bluff says the increase is necessary in order for safer roads.

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Description: "I want this money to be applied to where the citizens of Missouri feel like they're getting their bang for their buck and that is to have safe highways and bridges."

The proposed bill would raise the gas tax by two cents.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.  

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A day long Senate filibuster prolongs the inevitable decision about what to do about Missouri roads.
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Wrap: The Senate discussed whether or not to approve a tax increase to fund MoDOT.

Republican Senator Rob Schaaf from St. Joseph's argued against Democratic Senator Jason Holsman from Kansas City who is in favor of a bill that would raise the gas tax by two cents.

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Description: "What I asked you was a direct question of, would you be willing to accept an amendment in order to pass this bill that the amendment would put it to a vote of the people?"

Proponents say increasing the gas tax would help MoDOT with roadway maintenance.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

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The Senate is no closer to funding MoDOT after a day long debate.
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Wrap: MoDOT is in need of funding to help with maintaining and creating new roads throughout the state.

One proposed idea to help with funding is to increase the gas tax by two cents.

Republican Senator Rob Schaaf from St. Joseph's argued against the bill until late Tuesday night.

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Description: "You want to say people we are going to tax you two cents on your gas. You don't get to say. We are going to make it happen and you don't get a say. That's what you want to do."

Those in favor of the bill say more funding for MoDOT will lead to more jobs.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.


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