Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wrong Route to Transit Tax

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wrong Route to Transit Tax

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Efforts in the Missouri Senate to produce a suitable tax for the state's transportation needs are going nowhere fast. For a variety of reasons, including tepid leadership from Gov. Mel Carnahan's office, the only choice that some senators believe can work is one that gives citizens of St. Louis and St. Louis County the power to tax themselves. A bill sponsored by Sen. John Scott, a St. Louis Democrat, would allow voters to decide whether to levy a one-quarter-cent sales tax to pay for mass transit here.

In other words, rather than provide state funding for public transportation throughout the state, the best the Senate can do is give St. Louis area residents the power to decide if they want to tax themselves for public transit - a second time. Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County already pay a half-cent transportation sales tax. All of the revenue collected in the city is turned over to Bi-State Transit System, but the county diverts a sizable portion of its collection to roads. …

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