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Missouri Lawmakers Consider Sales Tax Hike

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KMOX) - A measure to add one percent to the Missouri sales tax had its first hearing in the Missouri capitol Tuesday and some Missouri House members say it is the only way to fix crumbling Missouri roads.

Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation Kevin Keith says the projected $8 billion in tax revenue would benefit more than just his department.

“I think the most important part of this is that it goes to the economy in general,” he said. “It’s not about which road’s going to be resurfaced, which project’s going to be built. This one single proposal will generate 270,000 jobs in Missouri in the next ten years.”

The one percent sales tax hike would not apply to food and medicine, and the gas tax would be kept at its current rate for at least ten years.

St. Louis Alderman Scott Ogilvie says that the only proposed project is a $1.7 billion dollar repair of portions of I-70.

“Is that a fiscally responsible endeavor, to essentially write a blank check for the other $6.3 million when we don’t have a list of the projects that are going to be built?” the alderman asked.

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