A state House committee will consider Tuesday a proposal to raise Missouri’s fuel taxes to pay for roads and bridges. That plan has already been approved by the Senate but House Republican leaders don’t favor a tax hike.
House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) says his caucus’ position is the same as it’s been for a while.
“A tax increase of any kind is going to be very difficult to do,” said Richardson.
Still, he says it will go through the committee process.
“We’ve got some members that are interested in giving it a fair hearing and we’ll see where it goes from there,” said Richardson.
The bill would ask voters whether Missouri’s fuel tax should be increased by 5.9-cents. The state’s 17-cent fuel tax is among the lowest in the country.