1 cent sales tax fails to make it through Mo. legislature

May 17, 2013

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

A proposed 1-cent sales tax for transportation has stalled in the Missouri Legislature.

The sales tax proposal was projected to generate nearly $8 billion over a decade for state highways, local roads and other modes of transportation such as railroads, airports, mass transit and river ports. Cities and counties would each get 5 percent of the revenues, with the rest going to state projects. Voters would have had to approve the tax in 2014 to enact the proposal.

Republicans were divided over whether to ask voters to raise taxes, and some GOP senators blocked a final vote on the measure in the final week.

Sponsoring Sen. Mike Kehoe, of Jefferson City, says he is disappointed and that Missouri's transportation needs will not change. Lawmakers adjourn Friday.