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Mo. legislature addresses high gas prices

Date: March 12, 2008
By: Brooke Hasch
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: One Missouri Republican Senator says there's nothing to worry about with gas prices having a negative affect on MoDOT.

Brooke Hasch(HASH)has more from Jefferson City.

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As gas prices continue to rise, Missouri drivers are refueling their cars less, decreasing the amount of fuel tax collections that funds MoDOT.

Republican Senator John Griesheimer says the decrease in tax collections will not have a devastating effect on MoDOT.

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Description: They're going to have to watch their budget as we all have to do. And obviously with the winter, those expenses are up so they're going to have to deal, you know, with the budget accordingly. But at this point, I think they're going to just try to weather the-both storms and hopefully we'll get through it.
 
Griesheimer says that people seem to be used to these prices and will continue to use their cars causing no major problems for MoDOT projects.
  
From the State Capitol, I'm Brooke Hasch.KMOX News.
 
 



Intro: One Missouri legislator says he has the perfect plan to save you pennies at the pump.

Brooke Hasch (HASH) has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri drivers are refueling less as gas prices continue to rise.

With the state's 17 cent fuel tax funding MoDOT's road projects and the decrease in gas sales, Missouri legislators have discussed alternative sources of funding for MoDOT.

Republican Representative Charles Denison says a sales tax is better than a fuel tax.

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Description: One of them is taking all the 17 cents away and starting a sales tax, maybe up to 2 cents. Sales tax across the board to pay for highways. And this would do a better job of funding than the 17 cent tax that we've got.
 
As for this year, the representative says there will not be any fuel tax legislation because the state wouldn't be able to revise the issue quickly enough.
 
Denison says first and foremost, action like this will only take place if Missourians take initiative to combat this problem.
 
From the State Capitol, I'm Brooke Hasch. KMOX News.