Missouri Senate Moves Forward With Sales tax Hike for Roads
March 14, 2013

(AP) — Missouri senators endorsed Wednesday a proposed penny sales tax increase that could raise nearly $8 billion over a decade to pay for state and local transportation projects.
The increase would require voter approval and, if passed, would be resubmitted to the ballot after 10 years for Missourians to decide whether to continue.
Sponsoring Sen. Mike Kehoe, who served on the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission before joining the Legislature, said the state needs to boost transportation funding and that the available options are limited. He said the gas tax would need to be increased by 20 to 25 cents to generate equivalent revenue.
“Missourians realize there is a need for investment in our infrastructure. They recognize the return for that,” said Kehoe, R-Jefferson City. He said the measure could support as many as 270,000 jobs in Missouri over a decade.
The sales tax proposal was given first-round approval Wednesday and needs another affirmative vote before moving to the House. The House Transportation Committee has embraced a similar measure, but Speaker Tim Jones previously has said he would prefer that a sales tax increase be revenue neutral.
Preliminary approval in the Senate for the transportation sales tax came shortly before the Legislature’s annual midsession recess. The weeklong break frequently is a demarcation line for proposals that are advancing and those that have become bogged down.
Under the Senate measure, the state transportation commission would develop a list of projects to be funded before the tax appears on the ballot. If voters pass it, the commission would produce an annual status report for the Legislature and the governor.
Ten percent of the revenue would go to cities and counties for local transportation needs. The remainder would be for state projects and could go to highways, bridges and other transportation needs such as ports, railroads and mass transportation. Senators rejected an effort to reserve a portion of the state’s proceeds for projects other than highways and bridges.
When the transportation sales tax is in effect, voter approval would be needed to change the gas tax rate or place tolls on existing roads and bridges.

Now Who Wants To Be the GOP Guv Lite Candidate
November 11, 2011

KC Star political reporter Steve Kraske has a list of potential GOP candidates for Lt. Governor, now that House Speaker Tilley has left the race:

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For the GOP primary, the list of potentials is starting to grow:

1) State Sen. Brad Lager.

2) State Sen. Ron Richard.

3) Former chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, Ed Martin, now a candidate for Congress in the state’s 2nd District.

4) State Sen. Mike Kehoe.

But a big question looms: Will incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder stay in the race for governor…or switch for a re-election race for a third term as lieutenant governor?

The arguments flow both ways:

Some top GOPers insist Kinder is in the race for governor, that has an announcement date scheduled, that he’s calling state senators lining up support.

But then…

….there’s the argument that Kinder is toast if he runs for governor against Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon and that he’ll drag down the party if he does it. So, this theory goes, it only makes sense if he runs for re-election to his current job.

Lots of speculation…but no names on the dotted line, at least not yet.