Controversial Sales Tax Bill Up For Debate In Senate

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - With the legislative session ending Friday night in Jefferson City, time may run out on a bill which could lead to raising the sales tax to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements.

The legislation would put the issue of raising the sales tax on next year's ballot for voters to have the final say.

The bill would almost certainly mean major improvements to I-70 between Independence and Wentzville, Mo.  But some Republican state senators have led a filibuster against the bill saying they are concerned about passing anything that could mean a tax increase.

The bill is one senate roll call away from being on the November 2014 ballot.  If it passes, the bill would have voters decide whether to temporarily raise the sales tax by a penny for a decade.

The extra money would be used to fund state highways, local road and other kinds of transportation like railroads, airports, mass transit and river ports.

The proposed increase could generate nearly eight billion dollars over a decade. Supporters say the increase would provide some 270,000 construction jobs for projects that could come out of it.

But Republican Senator John Lamping from Ladue calls it the largest single tax increase in Missouri history.

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