A new tax proposal to finance transportation improvements has been put on the table. It’s the second transportation tax increase proposal introduced this year. The first, from Sedalia senator Jim Mathewson, has been put on the shelf. He says the Republican majority in the senate is cool to his plan, which included raising the sales tax as part of the plan. Senator John Schneider of Florissant suggests a five cent fuel tax increase, and increases in vehicle fees, adjusted for inflation. Schneider says it’s more fair for highway users to pay for transportation costs than it is for the general public to be doing it with more sales taxes.