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Gov. Jay Nixon endorses small bump in gas tax


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he can support a small increase in the state gasoline tax.

The proposal, seen as as a short-term solution to the state’s highway funding crunch, could enable Missouri to receive its full allotment of federal highway funds.

As things stand now, the state’s contribution to the upkeep of its highways isn’t great enough to receive a full match.

“It doesn't solve the whole problem, but it's clearly a step in the right direction,” Nixon said on KCUR’s “Up to Date.”

State Rep. Doug Libla, a Poplar Bluff Republican, is proposing a bill to increase the gas tax by 1.5 cents a gallon and on diesel by 3.5 cents a gallon.