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Thu March 14, 2013
Mo. Senate passes transportation sales tax
The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed 1-cent sales tax to fund state and local transportation projects.
The tax would require approval by Missouri voters and go back on a statewide ballot after 10 years.
Officials estimate the tax would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade with 10 percent dedicated to local transportation needs.
The proposal now goes to the House after clearing the Senate Thursday on a vote of 24-10. All the opponents were Republicans.
Proponents argue Missouri needs to increase funding for transportation. Some opponents raised concerns about raising taxes.