Missouri proposes tax break for vehicles made in-state

| 3/6/2006

Anyone living in Missouri could soon get a tax break on buying a new pickup truck or minivan – as long as it was made in the “Show Me State.”

The Associated Press reported the Missouri House OK’d a measure Thursday, March 2, that – if approved by the Senate and governor – would waive the state’s sales tax on all models of vehicles built in Missouri.

DaimlerChrysler AG, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and Harley-Davidson Motor Co. make vehicles in six plants in Missouri. The only vehicles they make, however, are minivans, sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and, of course, motorcycles.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Michael Spreng, D-St. Louis, is designed to get Missourians to buy more in-state vehicles and thus get more manufacturers to build more factories in the state, The AP reported.

Critics, however, claim that, while the bill does benefit some consumers, it offers little to the manufacturers.