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A Senate vote to increase fuel tax is delayed again.

Date: May 7, 2015
By: Krista Gmelich
State Capitol Bureau

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The end of the legislative session nears as another vote for increasing the fuel tax is delayed.
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Wrap: Missouri needs to spend more on roads and bridges in order to receive additional federal funding.

Increasing the fuel tax is one solution.

But Republican Senator Ed Emery suggested considering other options in place of raising taxes. 

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Description: We're saying well unless we raise taxes, we're not going to get this federal draw-down. That's not an accurate explanation of the cicumstance. The circumstance isn't dependent on raising taxes. The circumstances are that we have to spend the money on the roads.

Republican leaders continued to call for the fuel tax increase.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Krista Gmelich.

Intro: 
Only a week after the Senate gave first-round approval to increasing the fuel tax, lawmakers filibustered another attempt to increase it.
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Wrap: Republicans are spilt on the issue.

Eleven republicans voted "yes" and thirteen voted "no" to increasing the fuel tax one week ago. 

Republican Senator Mike Kehoe is for the increased tax.

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Description: To some circles within the Republican party, this is suicide. You and I are not conservative enough because we talk about funding needs.

Republican Senator Ed Emery questioned why the Senate isn't considering other methods of funding besides increasing taxes.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Krista Gmelich.


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