(Jefferson City) Governor Mike Parson signed into law today a boost in the state’s gas tax for the first time in about 25 years.
The plan passed by the Missouri Legislature will increase the user fee by 2-and-a-half cents annually over a 5-year period.
Tom Crawford with the Missouri Truckers Association believes this will help with the issues facing truck drivers in the state right now.
There is a tax rebate option offered to most drivers.
The extra money from the tax increase would help pay for the State’s ailing roads and bridges.
The measure will also increase electric vehicle fees by 20-percent annually for five years, with those fees varying by the size of the vehicles.
There is a referendum attempt in the works by the libertarian-conservative leaning group Americans for Prosperity-Missouri to try and overturn the gas tax hike.