Earlier this week, Senator Wayne Wallingford voted to put a measure before voters in November to raise the motor-fuel tax by 5.9 cents per gallon. The measure now awaits action in the Missouri House. He says he believes the Missouri Department of Transportation has done its best to cut costs. The proposed fuel tax would raise an additional $235 million annually, including $70 million in added funding for local governments to use for street improvements. Under the proposal, the fuel tax would climb from its current 17 cents per gallon to 22.9 cents per gallon. Wallingford says the Senate action would leave the decision up to the voters. He tells KZIM KSIM why he wants the people to decide.
If voters were to approve the measure, the tax burden would be shared by non-residents who drive on Missouri’s roads. Voters in 2014 rejected a measure to increase the sales tax to fund roads and bridges.