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June 2, 2014

Nixon: No on August sales tax for transportation

The Missouri governor says he can’t support $6 billion transportation sales tax in August.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he opposes the 3/4 cent sales tax on the August ballot for transportation in the state.

The announcement isn’t a big surprise. Nixon put the measure on the August ballot, a move widely seen as an effort to reduce turnout for the proposal and increase the chances to defeat it.

“I cannot in good conscience endorse a $6.1 billion tax hike on Missouri families and seniors when special interests and the wealthy are being showered with sweetheart deals,” the Democrat’s statement said. “This tax hike is neither a fair nor fiscally responsible solution to our transportation infrastructure needs and it does not have my support.”

The decision will likely upset construction companies and construction labor organizations, but will please critics of increased sales taxes in the state.

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