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House gives initial approval to Holden plan

April 4, 2001
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's House gave first-round approval late Wednesday to Gov. Bob Holden's transportation plan. Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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The plan calls for one of Missouri's largest ever tax increases... including a 3-cent hike on every gallon of gas you buy.

The House gave initial approval to the plan by a slight 83-72 margin on near-straight party lines.

Holden says that disappoints him.

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Contents: Holden says it is unfortunate that Republicans didn't come on board to support his plan.

Holden's plan faces a final vote in the House before it can head to the Republican-controlled Senate for further debate.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Gov. Bob Holden's massive transportation plan cleared its first hurdle late Wednesday in Jefferson City. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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The governor's 670 million dollar transportation plan was given first-round approval in a vote along nearly straight party-lines.

Holden says House leaders did the right thing.

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Contents: Holden says the Representatives who voted for the plan are simply allowing the people of Missouri to decide the future of the state's transportation system.

Holden's plan would go a vote of the people if approved by the legislature.

The plan calls for sales and gas tax hikes to pay for road construction, bridge repairs and other transportation projects.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


One of the largest tax increases in Missouri history took its first step towards reality Wednesday in Jefferson City. Aaron Cummins has that story--

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670 million dollars. That's how much Bob Holden wants give to transportation by raising sales and gasoline taxes.

In a close vote, the House gave initial approval to the plan.

Holden says that's a step in the right direction.

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Contents: Holden says House leadership did well to get the bill perfected.

The governor says he knew the vote was going to be close, but he says he's glad members of his party stepped up.

Only 4 Democrats voted against the plan.

On the other hand only two Republicans voted for it.

That seems to indicate a tough road ahead for the plan if and when it heads to the Republican-controlled Senate.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.