Transportation Tax Increase Crushed

By KOLR10 News , Missourinet

Published 08/06 2014 07:06AM

Updated 08/06 2014 07:09AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --  Backers of the sales tax for transportation are disappointed not only that their proposal has lost; they're disappointed by how badly it has lost.

With 100% of the vote reporting to the Missouri Secretary of State's office, Amendment 7 lost, with 590,963 NO votes and 407,532 YES votes.  That is 59% to 41%.

Senator Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City, who has led legislative efforts to build consensus on a sales tax increase, says some polling had indicated the tax increase had a chance to make it. 

Opponents say this tax would hit the poor more than the wealthy.

And they would ask the legislature for a different way to make these improvements.
"We would rather see a smaller, something smaller in scope, that would not have that kind of impact on those who are already finding it difficult to make ends meet," says Ann Elwell of the League of Women Voters.

Kehoe thinks it will be some time before another transportation funding proposal is put on the ballot.

(The Missourinet contributed information for this story)

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