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      States increasingly raising transportation taxes

      Missouri voters will decide Tuesday whether to impose a three-quarters cent sales tax for transportation.

      States are taking it upon themselves to raise revenues for roads and mass transit as federal lawmakers remain stymied on long-term highway funding.

      An Associated Press review found that one-fourth of the states have enacted transportation funding increases in the past year and a half, and at least a dozen others are studying it.

      Missouri voters will decide Tuesday whether to impose a three-quarters cent sales tax for transportation.

      The push for more funding comes as revenues from federal and state fuel taxes are deteriorating because of more fuel efficient cars, a decline in per capita driving and stagnant tax rates.

      Congress recently approved a 10-month patch for its highway trust fund but still has not addressed a long-term transportation funding plan.

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