Missouri Senate endorses increased fuel tax for road funding

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A measure to raise the gas tax to fund transportation in Missouri is moving forward after a narrow vote in the Senate.

Senators on Thursday voted 18-13 to grant initial approval to a bill that would raise the tax on diesel fuel by 3.5 cents and on all other fuel by 1.5 cents.

Supporters say the added money is needed to fully maintain the state's roads and bridges.

The proposal comes as Department of Transportation officials are warning of an impending budget shortfall.

Missouri voters last year rejected a proposed three-quarter cent sales tax to fund transportation.

The bill is projected to allow the state to match all available federal funds in 2017. It needs a second full Senate vote before it can move to the House.


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