A coalition of groups, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, has filed three versions of an initiative petition asking voters to increase funding for the state’s transportation system. The proposal calls for the raising of $650-Million from state sales and motor fuel taxes. The money raised would be used for state and local highways, public transportation, and the Missouri Highway Patrol. The petitions vary in the combination of new funding sources. One version proposes a five-cent per gallon fuel tax with a five-eighths of a percent sales tax. A second option would see a three-cent per gallon gas tax and a three-fourths of a percent sales tax. The third version would impose a one percent sales tax. Organizers of thepetition drive expect to have a specific plan to present to voters on the November ballot.
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