Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
MSC News National Headlines U.S Health Tech Talk World Business Sports Top Headlines
Decision 2018: MO voters say no to gas tax, yes to medical pot
11/06/2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the midterm election in Missouri (all times local):

10:35 p.m.

Missouri voters have turned down a proposal that would have raised the state's gas tax to help pay for road and bridge improvements.

Proposition D, voted down on Tuesday, would have increased the state's 17-cent-per-gallon tax, which is among the lowest in the nation, by 10 cents a gallon. In addition to road and bridge repairs, the money would have helped fund the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson campaigned in support of the tax increase, saying the state's infrastructure needs are long overdue. SaferMO.com, the group advocating for the gas tax, paid for Parson's tour.

The Republican-led Legislature referred the measure to the ballot this year.

Missouri voters have a long history of saying no to tax increases. Since voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1996 requiring all tax increases over a certain amount to go to a statewide vote, not a single general tax increase has passed.

___

10:30 p.m.

Minimum wage workers in Missouri will soon get a boost in pay after voters on Tuesday approved a plan to gradually raise the wage to $12 an hour.

The current minimum wage in Missouri is $7.85 an hour. Proposition B will require the wage to rise to $8.60 an hour in 2019 and gradually increase to $12 an hour by 2023. The organization Raise Up Missouri turned in more than 120,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

The effort got a boost in September when a Washington, D.C.-based dark money nonprofit, The Sixteen Thirty Fund, donated $3 million to Raise Up Missouri. The Kansas City Star reported it was the largest single contribution in the state in the last two years.

___

10:15 p.m.

A ballot measure allowing the use of medical marijuana with an emphasis on helping veterans has passed, but two other medical marijuana measures were turned down.

Missouri voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 2, a ballot measure backed by a coalition of patients, doctors and veterans called New Approach Missouri. It was one of three unrelated medical marijuana measures on the ballot.

Under Amendment 2, post-traumatic stress disorder is among the conditions that qualify for use of medical marijuana, along with cancer and other serious illnesses. A 4 percent sales tax will go to a newly-created fund for health and care services for veterans. The sales tax revenue also will be used to administer licensing of medical marijuana businesses.

Voters turned down Amendment 3, which would have included a 15 percent tax to create a new state institute to research "presently incurable diseases." The effort was largely self-funded by Springfield doctor and attorney Brad Bradshaw.

Also defeated was Proposition C, which would have imposed a 2 percent tax on the sale of medical marijuana.

© Associated Press
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Identity of vicitm in fatal Brown Co wreck released
Hiawatha woman found competent to stand trial
Updated: Monday wreck claims one life
County hears concerns about proposed wind project
Atchison fire displaces three
Three teens arrested in Denison burglary
Woman injured in Nemaha Co wreck
Boldridge arraignment set for February
Civic leader, businessman, remembered locally
Snowplow wreck causes no injuries
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Joint Hometown News
Pawnee County to participate in Drug Court
Audit shows Falls City in strong financial position
Occupied RV break-in leads to arrest
Snowplow wreck causes no injuries
Healthy Farms Conference Planned for Grand Island.
USDA to Reopen all FSA Offices
Hospital financial concerns lead to meeting
Van catches fire after Hiawatha wreck
Energy issues experienced in SE Nebraska
Click Here For All Stories

©2019 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report

Powered by Radio Media Group
162.158.78.238