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      Missouri voters to decide transportation sales tax

      Missouri voters will get to decide whether to raise the state sales tax to pay for roads and other transportation projects.


      Missouri voters will get to decide whether to raise the state sales tax to pay for roads and other transportation projects.


      The House gave final approval Wednesday to a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a three-quarters-of-a-cent sales tax for transportation. The Senate approved the measure previously. That clears it to appear on the ballot in November, unless Gov. Jay Nixon sets an earlier election date.


      The tax is projected to raise $534 million annually, starting in 2015. It is believed to be Missouri's largest-ever tax increase.


      State transportation officials say that without more money, they soon will have difficulty doing anything other than maintaining the current roads and bridges.


      In 2002, voters overwhelmingly defeated a $500 million transportation plan that would have raised sales and fuel taxes.

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