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Missouri lawmakers pass gas tax hike

Starting Thursday, gas will go up 2 cents a gallon. While fewer people are driving because of...
Starting Thursday, gas will go up 2 cents a gallon. While fewer people are driving because of COVID-19 and gas tax collections is down, local leaders say that money is still being used to fix the roads.(WBRC)
Published: May. 12, 2021 at 3:52 AM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Missouri have passed a bill to raise the gas tax for the first time in decades.

The GOP-led House on Tuesday voted 104-52 to gradually raise Missouri’s 17-cent gas tax to pay for road and bridge maintenance.

If signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson, the measure would raise the tax by 2.5 cents a year until it hits 29.5 cents per gallon in 2025.

Drivers could get a refund if they save their gas receipts.

Some GOP lawmakers argued the tax hike will impact poor families the most.

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