Mike Kehoe http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/five-things-you-need-know-about-transportation-tax <p>Missourians will vote Aug. 5 on a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation projects. The proposal — commonly known as the transportation tax — would generate billions of dollars over the next decade to fix roads, repair bridges and improve mass transit.&nbsp;</p><p>The stakes are high. Supporters say Missouri needs more money for its aging transportation infrastructure. With gas tax revenue dwindling and federal funding uncertain, some policymakers see the sales tax as a guaranteed way to fund transportation needs.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:11:42 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37591 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-scales-back-transportation-sales-tax-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary sales tax to fund transportation needs around the state, but not before scaling it back.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:16:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35714 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/group-republicans-block-1-cent-transportation-sales-tax-mo-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 05:01:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26402 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislation-allow-surcharge-electric-system-upgrades-stalls-mo-senate <p>Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.</p><p>Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&amp;L)&nbsp;make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement&nbsp;Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.&nbsp; Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 08:48:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26008 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate Bill To Restore Local Sales Taxes On Out-Of-State Vehicle Purchases Sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-restore-local-sales-taxes-out-state-vehicle-purchases-sent-mo-gov-nixon <P>Missouri lawmakers have sent legislation to <A href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </A>(D)&nbsp;that would levy local sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states with voters’ approval.</P> <P>The Governor vetoed <A href="http://house.mo.gov/BillSummary.aspx?bill=HB1329&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">a similar bill last year </A>because it did not give local voters a say in whether they wanted such a tax.&nbsp; In addition, the <A href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court </A>ruled last year that sales tax collections must be limited to purchases made i Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:26:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25139 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill To Restore Local Sales Taxes On Out-Of-State Vehicle Purchases Sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon Mo. Senate Passes 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-1-cent-sales-tax-transportation-needs <P>A proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs has passed the <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</A>.</P> <P><A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=17866209">Senate Joint Resolution 16</A>&nbsp;is estimated to raise nearly $8 billion, one-tenth of which would go to cities and counties for local transportation needs.&nbsp; In addition, around $1 billion would go towards expanding Interstate 70 to six lanes between Wentzville and Blue Springs.&nbsp; It would also r Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:21:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10224 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate Passes 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs $8 Billion Transportation Proposal Questioned By Some Mo. Senators http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/8-billion-transportation-proposal-questioned-some-mo-senators <P>Some concerns have been raised in the Missouri Senate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.</P> <P>The one-penny sales tax is expected to raise nearly $8 billion over ten years.&nbsp; All money raised would go directly to the Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT),&nbsp;and that provision is&nbsp;not sitting well with some Senators.&nbsp; Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia says lawmakers should have at least&nbsp;some say into how that money would be spent. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:04:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 10140 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org $8 Billion Transportation Proposal Questioned By Some Mo. Senators Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposed-1-cent-sales-tax-transportation-needs-filed-mo-senate <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=17866209">Legislation has been filed</a> in the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.</font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.&nbsp; It’s co-sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem06.htm">State Senator Mike Kehoe</a> (R, Jefferson City).&nbsp; He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:39:35 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8995 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate Mo. State Workers' Pay, Benefits, May Get Review http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-state-workers-pay-benefits-may-get-review <p>A joint House-Senate committee met today at the Missouri Capitol to discuss a proposed review of wages and benefits paid to state workers.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem06.htm">State&nbsp;Senator Mike Kehoe</a> (R, Jefferson City) sits on the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages.&nbsp; He says they’d like to hire a company to review Missouri’s entire compensation package for state employees.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:45:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6395 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. State Workers' Pay, Benefits, May Get Review Nixon may veto out-of-state vehicle sales tax bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-may-veto-out-state-vehicle-sales-tax-bill <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D)&nbsp;is threatening to veto <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1329&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">legislation passed Wednesday </a>that would require Missouri residents to pay sales taxes on autos, boats and other vehicles purchased in other states.</p><p>Nixon called the measure a tax increase that flies in the face of a <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">State Supreme Court </a>ruling issued&nbsp;earlier this year that limited sales tax collections to purchases made in Missouri.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem06.htm">&nbsp;State Senator Mike Kehoe </a>(R, Jefferson City)&nbsp;says, though, vetoing the bill would threaten jobs. Fri, 18 May 2012 01:27:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3728 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon may veto out-of-state vehicle sales tax bill