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Missouri senators proposing sales tax for transportation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Missouri state senators are proposing a 1-cent sales tax for 10 years to pay for transportation needs.

Republican Mike Kehoe, of Jefferson City, and Democrat Ryan McKenna, of Crystal City, scheduled a news conference about the plan Tuesday along U.S. 50, several miles east of the of the state Capitol.

Missouri transportation officials say funding for construction and improvements fell from $1.2 billion to less than $700 million during the past year.

State Transportation Commission Chairman Rudy Farber called earlier this month for a temporary, 1-cent increase in the state sales tax to financelocal and state projects. Officials estimate the tax would generate $7.9 billion over its 10-year life.

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