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May 15, 2013Jefferson City, MO |  By: MDN

Transportation Tax

A proposal to increase Missouri's sales tax rate by one percent to pay for transportation projects is still alive but continues to meet opposition with a few days left in the legislative session.

Republican House Speaker Tim Jones says he would need 82 Republicans to support a proposed one-cent sales tax increase for transportation projects, and the House has now passed the measure. But the proposal made it back to the Senate the evening after the House passed it and Republicans like St. Joseph Republican Rob Schaaf say they don't want to leave Jefferson City and tell constituents they voted to raise taxes.

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Some republican opponents say supporters should push the tax increase, which would require voter approval,  through the initiative process rather than have the legislature do it.