nixed Proposition B Tuesday, the state's transportation plan to
raise money for roads, bridges and public transit by increasing
sales and fuel taxes.
election results, reported Aug. 7 by the Missouri Secretary of
State's office, showed an overwhelming "no" by a vote
of 670,257 to 254,391, or 72.5 percent to 27.5 percent.
would have raised diesel and gasoline taxes by 4 cents to 21 cents
a gallon and would have increased the sales tax by a half cent.
The plan also
would have removed the sunset clause on the 6-cent fuel tax increase
approved in 1992. The 1992 increase expires in 2008.
proposition, which would have raised $483 million for roads, bridges
and public transit, began as SB915. The bill was introduced by
Sens. Morris Westfall (R-Halfway), John T. Goode (D-St. Louis),
John T. Russell (R-Lebanon) and Danny Staples (D-Eminence).
rejected a proposition to tax cell phones to pay for enhanced
911 (e911) service. The unofficial results showed 596,493 (65.3
percent) against the cell phone tax and 316,822 (34.7 percent)
for the cell phone tax.
-- René Tankersley