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Senate gives first round approval to a major tax increase.

April 17, 2002
By: Justin Herndon
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate gives first round approval to a near half-billion dollar tax increase.

Justin Herndon has more.

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A major victory today for Senator Morris Westfall and his bill for a sales and gasoline tax increase.

Westfall says he remains cautiously optimistic with the time left to pass the bill entirely but he's happy with where its at now.

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Contents: We overcame a hurdle and we've made some significant progress

The bill still faces one more vote in the Senate before going to the House.

If passed it will eventually need the approval of the people in Missouri.

From the State Capitol, I'm Justin Herndon.


A major tax increase is one step closer to coming to a popular vote.

Justin Herndon has more from Jefferson City.

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Senator Morris Westfall got enough support from the Missouri Senate to move his bill for a sales and gasoline tax increase foward.

Even with the victory, though, he says nothing is for sure yet.

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Contents: I asked my colleagues to be practical...this isn't perfect but its something the people can accept.

The bill would raise one half billion dollars in extra revenue to help improve Missouri's interstates and roads.

From the State Capitol, I'm Justin Herndon.

Missourians could soon see a tax increase on their ballot.

Justin Herndon has more.

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Senate Transportation Chairman Morris Westfall scored a huge victory for the revenue going toward Missouri's roads.

Still, his bill calling for a half-billion dollar tax increase faces a large hurdle with the number of days left in the session.

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Contents: let's face it, time is of the essence. We all know the deadline is May 17th...in all probability we'll be into the last week on this one, we're on the edge.

Westfall says he thinks the bill will go to the House by the end of the week.

After that, the bill still needs a final vote by the Senate and eventually approval from the taxpayers.

From the state capitol, I'm Justin Herndon.