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Senate backs transportation sales tax increase

The Missouri Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday that would ask voters if the state sales tax should be increased by one cent over 10 years in order to fund the state’s transportation system.

If approved by voters, revenue from the tax increase would be set aside for Missouri’s transportation system, providing money for the maintenance and repair of roads, bridges and other transportation projects.

The measure’s sponsor, Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said the bill would provide flexibility for counties looking to improve their transportation needs.

The proposed amendment still needs another affirmative vote in the Senate before moving on to the House.

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