Gas Tax Hike Moving in Missouri
April 30, 2015

(AP) – A measure to raise the gas tax to fund transportation in Missouri is moving forward after a narrow vote in the Senate.
Senators on Thursday voted 18-13 to grant initial approval to a bill that would raise the tax on diesel fuel by 3.5 cents and on all other fuel by 1.5 cents.
Supporters say the added money is needed to fully maintain the state’s roads and bridges.
The proposal comes as Department of Transportation officials are warning of an impending budget shortfall.
Missouri voters last year rejected a proposed three-quarter cent sales tax to fund transportation.
The bill is projected to allow the state to match all available federal funds in 2017. It needs a second full Senate vote before it can move to the House.

The 18-13 roll call vote Thursday by which the Missouri Senate gave initial approval to a measure that would increase the diesel fuel tax by 3.5 cents a gallon and the tax on other gasoline by 1.5 cents.
Voting “yes” were 11 Republicans and seven Democrats.
Voting “no” were 13 Republicans.
Not voting were one Republican and two Democrats.
Mike Cunningham, Rogersville
Tom Dempsey, St. Charles
Bob Dixon, Springfield
Mike Kehoe, Jefferson City
Doug Libla, Poplar Bluff
Brian Munzlinger, Williamstown
Ron Richard, Joplin
Gary Romine, Farmington
Dave Schatz, Sullivan
Wayne Wallingford, Cape Girardeau
Jay Wasson, Nixa
Kiki Curls, Kansas City
Jason Holsman, Kansas City
Joe Keaveny, St. Louis
Paul LeVota, Independence
Jamilah Nasheed, St. Louis
Jill Schupp, Creve Coeur
Gina Walsh, St. Louis
Dan Brown, Rolla
Ed Emery, Lamar
Dan Hegeman, Cosby
Will Kraus, Lee’s Summit
Bob Onder, Lake St. Louis
David Pearce, Warrensburg
Jeanie Riddle, Mokane
David Sater, Cassville
Rob Schaaf, St. Joseph
Kurt Schaefer, Columbia
Eric Schmitt, Glendale
Ryan Silvey, Kansas City
Paul Wieland, Imperial
Mike Parson, Bolivar
Maria Chappelle-Nadal, St. Louis
Scott Sifton, St. Louis

Missouri May Struggle to Pay for a Roads According to Highway Commissioner, Tax Hike?
November 8, 2013

A new report from the Missouri Department of Transportation ( MODOT) shows Missourians want their current transportation system keep in good condition,and kept safe.
They do not, however, want the state to spend millions on new projects.
MODOT says that’s the conclusions of anecdote dive listening tour conducted this year called ‘On the Move’.
After a meeting inKansas City Thursday Highway Commissioner Joe Carmichael said if that goal., of keeping what is in place now, could be tough to meet.
“But how do we pay for it? That is a huge question,” said Carmichael.
A massive expansion program in the last 10 years is now running out.
MODOT Director Dave Nichols says annual transportation spending in the state could fall dramatically in the next few years without new money.
“We will not even be able to do preservation to keep our highways in the condition they are today,” he said.
There is an effort to place a one cent increase in the state sales tax on the 2014 ballot. The intention is to use that money, about $8 billion a year, for the state’s transportation system, mainly roads and bridges.
Polling is suggesting the voters would not support an increase in Missouri’s fuel tax, which is already one of the lowest in the nation.
Another idea, of creating or converting Interstate 70 into a toll road, doesn’t seem likely, either.
“That died a horrible, misrable death. I don’t think it’s going to re-emerge,” Carmichael added.
Carmichael said it was up toMissourians how to figure out how to pay for transportation. He said that was not the role of MODOT or the Highway Commission.

Kraus Says Avoiding an I-70 Toll Road Vote is a “Constitutional Runaround”
January 26, 2012

Lee’s Sumitt State Senator Will Kraus is blasting the idea that Missourians don’t need to vote on converting I-70 into a toll road.
In his weekly newsletter, Kraus responds to the suggestion by MoDOT Chief Kevin Kieth the voters may not need to vote on the issue. Earlier, Kieth said since the state may enter a deal with a private company to manage a toll road, so no public vote may be needed.
“I am completely against this constitutional runaround,” Kraus wrote, “and will not vote to authorize such a scheme.”
The Missouri Constitution now prohibits toll roads in the state.
Kraus says another alternative, raising Missouri’s fuel taxes in order to provide money for needed I-70 repairs probably won’t work. He says the problem is vehicles now get better gas mileage, so the fuel tax won’t provide enough money.
Kraus also noted it is not likely the issue will come to a Missouri vote this year.
“We have a long way to go before any solution is voted on, much less passed.”