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Billions headed to Missouri transportation fund from gas tax hike, infrastructure bill

(Missouri Independent) – With $6.5 billion on the way from the federal infrastructure bill and a newly increased gas tax, Missouri is ready to take a big bite out of $4.5 billion in unfunded highway needs, Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said this week. But that doesn’t mean the state is ready to tackle […]

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Group abandons effort to force a vote on Missouri gas tax increase

(Missouri Independent) – A push by a conservative anti-tax group to force a statewide vote on a gas tax hike approved by Missouri lawmakers earlier this year has been abandoned, the group’s Missouri director said Monday. Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, confirmed via text message that his organization is no longer working to place the […]

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Audio: For the first time in about 25 years, Missouri’s gas tax will increase

For the first time in about 25 years, Missouri’s gas tax will increase beginning in October. Governor Parson has signed into law a bill boosting the user fee by two-and-a-half cents annually over five years. During a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday in Jefferson City, Parson says the move is historic for Missouri infrastructure funding.   […]

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Missouri Secretary of State receives referendum petition on “Gas Tax” Senate Bill 262

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced his office received a referendum petition for Senate Substitute 2 for Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 262.  The referendum petition – Petition 2022-R001 – submitted by Jeremy Cady representing Americans for Prosperity, is now open for public comment. The public comment period, pursuant to Section 116.334, RSMo, allows Missourians to […]

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Audio: Conservative group wants to send gas tax hike to Missouri voters

(Missouri Independent) – On Monday morning, Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, filed paperwork with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office to begin the process of putting the 12.5-cents a gallon tax increase on a statewide ballot. To succeed in forcing a referendum on the bill, the campaign would have to gather about 110,000 […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate leader feeling confident gas tax proposal has enough House votes to pass

With three weeks left to go in the regular legislative session, Missouri Senate President Dave Schatz remains hopeful about his proposed gas tax hike. The Senate has already passed the bill that would boost the state’s fuel tax by twelve-and-a-half cents per gallon over five years. During a Senate press conference, Schatz says if the […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Senate President says state is $800 million short annually in maintaining the state highway system

Business groups and construction companies from across the state have testified for legislation to increase Missouri’s gasoline tax by 12-point-five cents per gallon by 2025.     Schatz testified last (Wednesday) night before a Missouri House committee. The GOP-controlled Missouri Senate has already given final approval to the bill.  Schatz is urging lawmakers to increase […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Senate President Pro Tem praises Senate passage of gasoline tax legislation

Missouri’s Senate leader is praising senators in both parties for approving his legislation to increase the state’s gasoline tax by 12 cents per gallon, by 2025. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (pronounced like shots) says the state transportation system has billions of dollars in maintenance needs.     The bill now heads to the […]

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Audio: Missouri Senate gives initial approval to proposed gas tax hike with a rebate

The Missouri Senate has given initial approval on Wednesday to a proposed gas tax hike with a rebate. The vote comes after the upper chamber spent about eight hours Tuesday on the plan before eventually pulling the bill from debate. Senate President Dave Schatz of Sullivan is proposing to boost the tax by 12-and-a-half cents […]

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Audio: Missouri gas tax hike proposal pulled from debate

The Missouri Senate spent about eight hours Tuesday working on a proposed gas tax increase that would also offer a rebate. Two Conservative Caucus members, Senators Bill Eigel and Andrew Koenig blocked a vote on the bill, eventually leading to the proposal getting pulled from debate. Senate President Dave Schatz of eastern Missouri’s Sullivan, says […]

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Audio: 15 cent per gallon gas tax legislation expected to go to Missouri Senate this week

Missouri lawmakers will be tackling several key issues this week, including a proposed gas tax increase and changing the makeup of the Missouri Conservation Commission.     Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz of Sullivan tells Missourinet he expects his proposal to increase the motor fuel tax to go to the Senate floor this week. […]

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Audio: School choice legislation and gas tax legislation could go to Missouri Senate floor this week

Legislation to increase Missouri’s gasoline tax is expected to go to the state Senate floor for debate this week, according to Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz.     Schatz spoke to Missourinet Sullivan affiliate KTUI. His legislation would increase Missouri’s gasoline tax by 15 cents per gallon, by 2027. Missouri’s 17 cents-per-gallon gas tax […]

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Audio: Missouri bill would boost gas tax but offer rebates to drivers

A proposed fuel tax increase could come with a rebate option for drivers who fill up in Missouri. State Representative Becky Ruth, R-Festus, has filed legislation that would increase the fee by two cents annually for five years to help to pay for Missouri’s underfunded highway system. She tells Missourinet if drivers turn in their […]