Missouri Senators this week debated a proposed gas tax increase.
The measure would raise the tax two cents a gallon, and be adjusted annually for inflation. That’s a small enough increase so it would not require a vote of the people.
Republican Sen. Doug Libla says MoDot needs more funding for roads and bridges.
““Have you ever heard the term penny wise and a pound foolish? Well this takes care of that. We don’t need to be penny wise and a pound foolish any longer,” Libla said, according to Missourinet.
Other conservative Senators spoke against the idea, saying voters should decide on a gas tax increase, just like when they rejected a gas tax proposal in 2018. There’s been no vote in the legislature on the idea yet.