State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on September 15, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Legislation to repeal Missouri’s gas tax increase filed by mid-Missouri lawmaker

State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on September 15, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

An Ashland state lawmaker who serves as the GOP caucus chair has pre-filed legislation to repeal Missouri’s gasoline tax increase.

State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) says it’s an outrage that Missourians are being asked to pay more at the pump, when the state currently has an $8-billion surplus. She says her bill is aimed at helping the many Missourians who are struggling to make ends meet.

Missouri lawmakers approved the bipartisan gasoline tax increase in May: it increases the state’s gas tax by 2.5 cents per gallon for five years, for a total of 12 cents.

It was the first gas tax increase in 25 years in Missouri. The bill was a top priority for Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) and for business groups as well.

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