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Missouri highway officials are proposing to widen Interstate 70 to three lanes in each direction between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City if voters approve a transportation sales tax.

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In a strange twist, Republicans are supporting a proposed tax hike that’s drawn fire from Democrats and Gov. Jay Nixon.

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri Senate that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.

The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.  It’s co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City).  He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel.

Jefferson City to vote on tax measures

May 22, 2012
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A measure that would reduce property taxes and slightly increase sales tax is going to Jefferson City voters this August.

Newscast for November 10, 2011

Nov 10, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley announces his decision to drop out of the 2012 lieutenant governor's race.
  • MODOT says it will support legislation to turn I-70 into a toll road.
  • The Jefferson City Council places a sales tax increase measure on the February 2012 ballot.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court decides whether it should overturn a controversial ethics bill.

Jefferson City residents could see a half-cent sales tax increase as early as February of next year.