FILE PHOTO: Bonnie L. Edwards from St. Louis waits for her gas to finish pumping at a BP gas station at the intersection of North Grand and Page Boulevards on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in St. Louis. Post-Dispatch photo
Amanda St. Amand
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters won’t get a chance to weigh in on higher gasoline taxes after all.
A group that had been circulating petitions seeking enough signatures to put a question on the 2022 ballot regarding the soon-to-rise tax has ended its effort for undisclosed reasons.
“We were unable to get all the pieces to come together. We’ll be looking at tax reforms the Legislature can take up that would remove the extra burdens lawmakers added by increasing the gas tax by 75%,” said Jeremy Cady, executive director of conservative lobbying group Americans for Prosperity.
The signature collection effort had been underway since May after the proposed referendum language was approved by Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
The ballot initiative was aimed at the Legislature’s approval of a bill to gradually increase the state’s 17-cent-a-gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years, with the option for buyers to get a refund if they keep track of their receipts.
Gov. Mike Parson signed the increase into law. Parson and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, both Republicans, have been vocal advocates for raising the gas tax for years.
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