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Missouri lawmakers considering gas tax increase to pay for road projects

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A new plan to fix Missouri’s roads and bridges calls for a gas tax increase to pay for it.

A plan put forward by Rep. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, calls for a 5.9 cent increase in the gasoline tax to pay for road improvements.  Missouri currently has a fuel tax of 17 cents, one of the lowest in the country.

The idea has already been passed by the Missouri Senate, but is awaiting approval by the Missouri House.

Both Republicans and Democrats in Jefferson City agree something must be done to fix aging roads and bridges, but other proposals to fund infrastructure have failed.

In 2014, a proposed sales tax to finance new road projects was rejected by voters.

If the House passes Libla’s bill, voters will then get to decide its fate.

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