Judge rules for Missouri gas tax hike to go on Nov. 6 ballot

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A judge has ruled that a proposed 10-cent gas tax increase can go on Missouri’s Nov. 6 ballot.

Circuit Judge Robert Schollmeyer ruled Tuesday that lawmakers did not violate the state Constitution in drafting the measure, which is subject to voter approval.

If approved, the tax increase would pay for road and bridge repairs and fund the Highway Patrol.

A Republican lawmaker and limited government advocate had sued to keep the measure off the ballot, arguing it violated the Constitution by dealing with multiple issues.

An Olympic medalist tax break was at the core of the bill before lawmakers added the gas tax. Plaintiffs also say lawmakers unconstitutionally changed the bill’s original intent.

The judge disagreed, saying both the Olympic tax break and gas tax deal with state revenue laws.