HB 995: To increase the Missouri fuel tax by two cents per gallon for roads/highways | Missouri House of Representatives

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HB 995, sponsored by Rep. Keith English, increases the Missouri state tax imposed on motor fuel from 17 cents per gallon to 19 cents per gallon.

MoBikeFed comment: Two cents per gallon is close to the maximum annual tax increase the General Assembly can impose under the Hancock Amendment.

This provides only about 1/3 to 1/2 the amount MoDOT believes is necessary to bring the state transportation funding levels up to the amount required to maintain the current system.

By the Missouri Constitution, the fuel tax dollars can be spent only on roads and highways (which MoDOT interprets to mean, only the portion of roads that motor vehicles can drive on).

So this bill will not address the complete absence of any state funding for biking and walking needs, or the huge shortfall in the amounts needed for transit, rail, ports, and so on.