It’s no secret that the Missouri Department of Transportation continues to search for new sources of funding. And when voters go the polls next week, they will decide the fates of two controversial measures with both taking aim at significantly raising cigarette taxes. One of the measures, Proposition-A, would earmark proceeds to funding transportation infrastructure. MoDOT Central District Engineer Bob Lynch says, at the current time, there are no projects pinpointed for using that revenue, if it’s approved by the voters.
If approved, the cigarette tax would be raised incrementally in 2017, 2019 and 2021 a total of 23-cents per pack of 20 cigarettes. It’s estimated that passage would mean about $100-million to the cause. The other ballot issue seeking to raise cigarette taxes would go to fund an early childhood health and education trust fund.