Missouri’s families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery; adding to their burden at this time is wrong. Missourians on fixed incomes—seniors and the elderly—and those with low-incomes are hardest hit.
The state/local sales tax rate in Missouri is already one of the highest in the nation (14th). Should the transportation tax be approved, Missouri will have the 7th highest sales tax rate in the nation (ahead of states like New York, California, and Illinois). This will pose a great burden on local retailers, and create a further incentive for consumers to avoid sales taxes by making purchases online.
It is unfair that the trucking industry will pay practically nothing and they benefit most from it and do the most damage to our roads. According to the Missouri Freight Study 55% of Missouri’s truck traffic by tonnage has neither an origin nor destination in Missouri. The trucking industry needs to share in the cost especially when MoDOT’s largest road project from this sales tax increase will be to rebuild I-70.