sales tax

On The August Ballot
6:00 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Commentary: Benefits Of Transportation Sales Tax Increase Are Worth The Cost

Redoing the Grand Boulevard Bridge filled just one piece of the city's transportations needs. Derek AuBuchon was foreman of a crew that painted the bridge’s four metal towers.
Credit Tom Nagel | File photo

I want to speak to city voters and to our friends. The rest of you should take this opportunity to check the Cardinals score.

The city of St. Louis has big plans over the next 10 years. I am talking about the kind of transportation system that befits a great city.

We want to create a major streetcar line centered downtown with a North-South and an East-West route.

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Chesterfield
4:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Chesterfield Mayor's Secession Talk Raises Eyebrows — And Faces Long, Long Odds

Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation caused a stir when he suggested that his city may secede from St. Louis County if changes aren't made to the county's sales tax distribution system.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated on Wednesday at 4 p.m.)

The mayor of Chesterfield is sticking by his threat for his city to secede from St. Louis County, contending that his city is fed up with a lack of progress on changing the county’s sales tax distribution system. 

But St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has dismissed the threat, calling Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation’s comments “over the top.”

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Transportation
5:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri House Perfects 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia, Mo.
Credit via Flickr/KOMUnews

A proposed constitutional amendment to let voters decide if they want to create a temporary 1-cent transportation sales tax has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

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Bicycle
3:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Missouri House Weighs Role Of Bike Travel In Transportation Spending

Flickr/Jeremy Noble

Missouri lawmakers are weighing what role bicycles should play in the future of transportation spending. 

A proposed constitutional amendment would raise the state sales tax by a penny to bridge any anticipated shortfalls over the next ten years. Most of the money would be for roads and bridges, but 10 percent could be earmarked by local governments for alternative forms of transportation including bicycle, air, rail, and pedestrian projects.

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On the Trail
11:40 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Transportation Tax Supporters Still Aim For 2014 Vote

A sales tax increase for transportation projects could reemerge next year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Proponents of a transportation sales tax were dealt a big blow last year when a legislative effort died at the last minute. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on putting a 1-cent sales tax increase before voters.   

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Economy
3:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Jury Still Out On Missouri Sales Tax Holidays - Are You Shopping This Weekend?

Credit (via Flickr/andrewarchy)

Ready, set, shop. 

A new school year is approaching, and shoppers will head to stores this weekend for a tax-free holiday on school supplies, electronics and some clothing. 

John Mollenkamp, acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, says shoppers can save up to 8 or 9 percent if local governments also participate in the tax breaks.

UMSL associate professor of economics Lea Kosnik said such sales make people excited to run to the stores and spend money they may not normally spend.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mo. Infrastructure Gets C- Grade, Speaker Jones Says It Shows Need For Sales Tax Bill

House Speaker Tim Jones speaks at ASCE event.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

In a new report Wednesday, Missouri received a lackluster grade on its infrastructure. Citing “pressing issues,” the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Missouri as a C- overall.

Missouri’s Speaker of the House, Republican Tim Jones of Eureka, said it proves several goals of the just-ended legislative session were worth focusing on.

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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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Politically Speaking
4:17 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Politically Speaking: Taxes And Tenured Teachers Debated In First Half Of Mo. Legislative Session

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Jason Rosenbaum is out this week, so we have St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin filling in. Marshall joins Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.

On this week's show: Marshall fills us in on the first half of the legislative session, talking about proposed changes to taxes and tenured teachers, and then Jo discusses the developments with the Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Follow Chris McDaniel on Twitter@csmcdaniel

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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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