Missouri Governor Seeks Gas Tax Increase
- Jan 29, 2016 | Gail Cole
If you don’t live in Missouri or have cause to travel through it, you may not know about the state of the roads. But according to Governor Jay Nixon, everyone in Missouri knows that they’re bad.
During his 2016 State of the State address, Gov. Nixon explained the problem:
“We’ve … got too many bad roads and rickety bridges. We all know it, and it’s time to act.
Roads aren’t free. Last time I checked, nobody was giving away concrete and asphalt.
… If you use the roads, you should help pay for them. What I don’t support is taking money that should go to schools, law enforcement and mental health, and using it to patch potholes.”
He then pointed out what drivers across the nation have undoubtedly noticed: the very low gas prices. The moment is ripe to take advantage of them:
“With gas prices the lowest they’ve been in more than a decade, now is the time to get this done.”
Heeding the call, Senator Libla has introduced SB 623, which seeks to raise the tax on motor fuel by 1.5 cents per gallon and 3.5 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. This would bring the rate for diesel to 20.8 cents per gallon and for other motor fuels to 18.8 cents per gallon. If enacted as written, it would take effect on October 1, 2016.
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