St. Louis County Council gives initial approves $46 million budget for Metro
Last night the St. Louis County Council moved one step closer to approving two funding bills for the public transit agency, Metro - despite one councilman raising concerns about how the agency has spent tax dollars in the past.
Councilman Steve Stenger had threatened to withhold around $6 million- the amount Metro transit paid to a developer in 2010 for spaces in a Brentwood parking garage.
Nixon called the measure a tax increase that flies in the face of a State Supreme Court ruling issued earlier this year that limited sales tax collections to purchases made in Missouri. State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) says, though, vetoing the bill would threaten jobs.
Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow residents in the St. Louis area to vote on whether to raise a local sales tax to help fund improvements at the Gateway Arch.
The measure would allow a local election on a 3/16 percent sales tax. Part of the money would go to the Gateway Arch, and a portion would go to local parks. It also would allow voters in the Kansas City area to decide on a 1/10th percent sales tax for parks, trails and greenways in Jackson County.
FDA and CDC continue investigation into source of E. coli contamination
The Federal Food and Drug Administration has now joined the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in investigating the source of the E. coli contamination that sickened 26 people in the St. Louis area.
Today through Sunday, shoppers don’t have to pay the state sales tax on clothing items under $100 a piece, school supplies of up to $50 per purchase, computer software purchases up to $350, and computers and accessories up to $3,500.
Ted Farnen is with the Missouri Department of Revenue.
The Third Annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through April 25. Those wishing to purchase new Energy Star-qualified appliances in Missouri during the holiday will save at least 4.225 percent off the purchase, representing the elimination of the state's sales tax from the purchase, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue.
The vote Wednesday by the House Tax Reform Committee marked the first step toward moving the so-called "Fair Tax" proposal to the 2012 statewide ballot. All the Republicans on the committee voted for the measure and all the Democrats opposed it.