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A transportation plan is headed to the Senate floor

April 26, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

The Senate got a hold of the Governor's transportation plan and voted it out of committee, thanks to one St. Louis County Repulbican Senator.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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The Senate Transportation Committee first voted to change the Governor's transportation plan and then they voted it out of committee.

A Democrat sponsored the change to the bill, which increases the gas tax from 3 to 5 cents, but lowers the sales tax from three quarters of a cent to half a cent. This also lowers the total amount of money the plan would generate by about 150 million dollars.

But the plan wouldn't have passed without the vote of Senator Betty Sims, the only Republican to vote for the plan.

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Contents: She says she isn't voting for the governor's plan and her constituents know her well enough to know she isn't doing anything out of the normal.

Sims says she only voted for this bill to get the Senate to discuss the issue and she doesn't favor any new gas taxes.

In Jefferson City, Renny MacKay.


The Senate Transportation Committee approved a Democratic tranportation plan, but the Republican leader of the Senate has his own plan for the state's transportation needs.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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The Transportation Committee was looking at the governor's transportation plan, which incorporates one of the largest tax increases in state history, but they voted to change the plan a little. The new plan would have a 5 cent gas tax increase instead of a 3 cent but would decrease the sales tax from the governor's plan. Voters would have to approve the plan and that's the problem according to Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder.

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Contents: He says the plan would get massacred by voters and would set back the plan by years.

Kinder says he'll introduce his own plan without tax increases next week.

In Jefferson City, I'm Renny MacKay.