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).
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.
The centerpiece would be a new one-cent sales tax. It would expire after 10 years, and would need approval from both lawmakers and Missouri voters. Transportation Commission Chairman Rudy Farber says the tax would not be collected on medicine, groceries or gasoline purchases.
Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) stands to the left of former Speaker Rod Jetton (R), co-chair of the Blue Ribbon transportation panel. Standing behind Jetton, wearing a beige jacket, is fellow co-chair, former State Sen. Bill McKenna (D).
A panel appointed by the Missouri House to study the state’s transportation needs released its final report today, one day before the start of the 2013 legislative session.
It states that Missouri needs an additional $600 million to $1 billion a year – for several years – to maintain roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. The report lays out several options for meeting that gap, but doesn’t recommend any specific funding methods. Retired Democratic State Senator Bill McKenna co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs. He says some of the options won’t appeal to the Republican majority.