sales tax

7:47 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Nixon Says Legislature-Approved Tax Breaks Decimate Local Control

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon tells the Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council tax cuts he vetoed could have a detrimental impact on local revenues.

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 4:18 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was in Blue Springs Friday asking local elected officials to oppose the tax breaks state lawmakers approved in the session's eleventh hour.

Nixon vetoed the cuts, which would have created sales tax exemptions for restaurants, dry cleaners and power companies, earlier this week. He says they weren't accounted for in the budget legislators sent him and would make it difficult for municipalities to raise the money they need through levy increases.

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4:26 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Cole County judge hearing ballot measure challenges

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A Missouri judge is considering challenges to a pair of proposed constitutional amendments slated for the August ballot.

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4:16 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

City of Columbia considers retail surveyors for sales tax revenue

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The City of Columbia may hire a company to survey sales tax revenue within the retail economy of the city.

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7:05 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House endorses transportation tax vote

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  The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.  The tax hike would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless renewed by voters again.  Before the vote, an amendment was offered that would have raised the state’s fuel tax from 17 to 20 cents per gallon.  It was sponsored by Democrat Jon Carpenter of Clay County.   “The Missouri gas tax has not increased in many years, and it hasn’t kept pace with inflation, and the amount of money we get to be able to

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9:05 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bill could exempt sales tax on cars at least 10 years old

If it goes through, they wouldn't have to pay taxes on this gem.
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Buying an older car could become more economical in Missouri.

A state senator filed a bill Thursday that would exempt decade-old cars from sales taxes on the titling of the motor vehicle. Under the bill, a 2004 model bought in 2014 would be exempted from sales taxes.

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5:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Missouri Association for Social Welfare opposes sales tax

A potential statewide sales tax to improve road conditions gained new life recently, but not everyone thinks the initiative is a good idea.

The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) is opposed to an initiative petition filed by Missourians for Safer Roads and New Jobs that would establish a one-cent sales and use tax. The proposed tax could raise $8 billion to fund road improvements throughout Missouri. MASW believes the tax is regressive and would affect lower-wage citizens more than their higher-wage counterparts.

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7:31 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Amazon cuts ties with online associates in Missouri

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Online retailer Amazon is severing ties with its online associates in Missouri because of a new state sales tax law.

Amazon Associates are people who write blogs or product reviews then link to They collect commissions if people use their link to buy at Amazon.

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4:25 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

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

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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.

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4:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. House endorses transportation sales tax

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Missouri House members have endorsed a 1-cent sales tax that would be dedicated to paying for state and local transportation projects.

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8:36 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Vehicle Sales Tax Bill

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Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:48 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill which would have levied sales taxes on out-of-state auto, boat and other vehicle purchases. 

The Governor vetoed a similar bill in May of last year.

Friday's action marks the second time in two years he has rejected the Legislature's attempt to reverse the effect of a 2012 Supreme Court ruling.

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3:29 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate passes transportation sales tax

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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.

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9:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Analysis: Mo. tax plan may save little for many

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The typical Missouri household might have relatively little to gain from a Senate-endorsed overhaul of the state's tax policies.

The proposed mixture of income tax cuts and sales tax hikes could save a few dozen dollars annually for a family of four earning just slightly more than Missouri's median household income of about $45,000.

Wealthier taxpayers, particularly those running their own businesses, might save a lot more. Yet seniors reliant on Social Security benefits could pay more.

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5:41 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Missouri's revenues up for 2013 fiscal year

A third piece of cigarette tax-related legislation was filed in Jefferson City.
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Missouri's revenues are up nearly 9 percent through the first two-thirds of the state's fiscal year.

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8:36 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Senators to propose Mo. transportation sales tax

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Two Missouri state senators are proposing a 1-cent sales tax for 10 years to pay for transportation needs.

Republican Mike Kehoe, of Jefferson City, and Democrat Ryan McKenna, of Crystal City, scheduled a news conference about the plan Tuesday along U.S. 50, several miles east of the of the state Capitol.

Missouri transportation officials say funding for construction and improvements fell from $1.2 billion to less than $700 million during the past year.

5:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

November general collections report

Missouri’s November general collections report show a 6.0 percent increase of revenue compared to November of last year.

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8:54 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Holts Summit voters to decide on renewing 20-year-old sales tax

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Holts Summit voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to renew a 20-year-old sales tax. The .05 percent sales tax is earmarked for capital improvements and if renewed, would continue until 2033.

Holts Summit City Administrator Brian Crane said the city primarily used the original sales tax revenue to build a new sewage system. He said the renewal would expand upon necessary improvements to city infrastructure.

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8:12 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Boonville citizens to vote on sales tax

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Boonville citizens will vote Nov. 6 on a tax initiative to raise the sales tax. The main portion of money from the tax would go to improving the water treatment plant in Boonville.

The tax initiative on the Boonville ballot  would raise the sales tax by half of one percent. This would raise the sales tax to 8.2 percent similar to that of surrounding cities.  The money would go toward improving the water treatment plant and storm water drainage issues. City Administrator Irl Tessendorf said times may be tough but the improvements are needed.

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5:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Mo. lawmakers skip veto override on sales tax bill

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Missouri House Republicans have decided against trying to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation on vehicle sales taxes.

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9:05 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Jefferson City Fire Department wants voters to approve funding fix

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The Jefferson City Fire Department is asking voters to fund the plan that would purchase new equipment and trucks, cover technical upgrades, and pay for firefighter training. Captain Scott Spencer says unfortunately, a lot of the department’s equipment is getting old.

“This fire department improvement plan is for the community. It all transcends down to the end user, the taxpayer, the customer that might be relying on us for emergency medical services, which we’re going to be upgrading," said Spencer.

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4:14 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Missouri revenues ahead of projections, up 3.4 percent

Missouri's tax revenues are running a little ahead of projections heading into the final month of the state budget year.

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PM Newscasts
5:28 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Newscast for April 3, 2012

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Nixon's trip to Brazil.
  • Columbia's local election.
  • Novinger's possible sales tax.
5:08 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Novinger mulls first-ever sales tax

Novinger, a small town west of Kirksville, is voting Tuesday on a proposition that would implement the town’s first ever sales tax. The proposed tax is a 1% sales tax and is estimated to raise between $10,000 and $15,000 annually.

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1:04 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Sales tax advocacy group receives huge donation


A group pushing to replace Missouri's income tax with a broader sales tax says it's received a million-dollar contribution.

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5:45 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Missouri revenue report released

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The Missouri revenue report was released today, and though there is an increase in revenue, it is not the increase the state needed.

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