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Rep. Jason Chipman On Why Missouri Voters Should Get A Say On Gas Tax Hike

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Tim Bommel
House Communications
State Rep. Jason Chipman makes a point during a May 2021 debate over legislation increasing Missouri's gas tax by 12.5 cents over the next five years.

State Rep. Jason Chipman is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jonathan Ahl to talk about the 2021 legislative session — and what’s to come when lawmakers return for at least two special sessions.

Chipman, R-Steelville, who represents Missouri’s 120th District. That takes in portions of Phelps and Crawford counties, including the cities of Cuba, Steelville, Bourbon and St. James. He was elected to the House in 2014 and will be ineligible to run again after 2022 due to term limits.

Here’s what Chipman talked about on the program:

  • His unsuccessful effort to require a gas tax hike that passed through the legislature to be put up for a statewide vote.
  • Efforts from the group Americans for Prosperity to gather enough signatures to place the proposal, which would raise the gas tax 12.5 cents per gallon over five years, before voters.
  • The two special sessions that Gov. Mike Parson is guaranteed to call in the coming weeks on a medical provider tax to pay for Medicaid and congressional redistricting.
  • Whether there could be more special sessions on election-related issues and efforts to prevent municipalities from reducing funding for law enforcement.

Chipman is a Navy veteran who worked for Brewer Science in Rolla before being elected to the House. Chipman is chairman of the House Administration and Accounts Committee, which handles internal administrative issues.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

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Follow Jason Chipman on Twitter: @JChipmanMO120th

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jonathan is the Rolla correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.

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