Mike Kehoe

Primary Election 2014
4:49 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Transportation Tax May Have Been Doomed By Being Placed On August Ballot

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Gov. Jay Nixon may be the primary reason a proposed transportation sales tax failed this week at the polls, according to one political expert.

George Connor, political science professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, says the governor's decision to place the 0.75 percent sales tax on the August primary ballot likely doomed it to failure because most of the state's primary races drew in GOP voters.

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Primary Election 2014
10:11 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

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. 

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.

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Transportation
4:16 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia
Credit via Flickr/KOMUnews

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.

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Transportation
12:01 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate

Cracks are seen in the shoulder of I-70 near the exit to the Providence Road in Columbia, Mo.
/Via Flickr/ KOMU news, Manu Bhandari

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.

The tax would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless voters renew it. Five percent of revenues raised would be designated for cities and another five percent for counties to pay for local transportation needs.  Those factors were not enough to sway several Republicans, including Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who conducted a filibuster Tuesday night.

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Electric Rates/Infrastructure
3:48 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.

Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.  Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.

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Out-of-state vehicle purchases
4:26 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill To Restore Local Sales Taxes On Out-Of-State Vehicle Purchases Sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon

A used car dealership in central Missouri.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri lawmakers have sent legislation to Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would levy local sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states with voters’ approval.

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Transportation
8:21 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs

Interstate 70 in Columbia, Mo. Around $1B would be earmarked to expand I-70 to 6 lanes between Wentzville and Blue Springs under SJR 16.
via Flickr/KOMUnews

A proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs has passed the Missouri Senate.

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Transportation
5:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

$8 Billion Transportation Proposal Questioned By Some Mo. Senators

A project to expand a small stretch of U.S. 50 in Osage County, Mo., to four lanes.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

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.


The one-penny sales tax is expected to raise nearly $8 billion over ten years.  All money raised would go directly to the Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT), and that provision is not sitting well with some Senators.  Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia says lawmakers should have at least some say into how that money would be spent.

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Transportation
11:39 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate

Mo. Sen. Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) announces a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary 1-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs. At left is MHTC chair Rudy Farber, & at right is co-sponsor Sen. Ryan McKenna (D, Crystal City).
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri Senate that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.

The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.  It’s co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City).  He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel.

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State employees
5:45 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Mo. State Workers' Pay, Benefits, May Get Review

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A joint House-Senate committee met today at the Missouri Capitol to discuss a proposed review of wages and benefits paid to state workers.

State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) sits on the Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages.  He says they’d like to hire a company to review Missouri’s entire compensation package for state employees.

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