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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Petition for transportation funding approved for circulation

  • JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jason Kander last week announced that an initiative petition relating to funding for transportation initiatives met state standards for circulation
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  • JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jason Kander last week announced that an initiative petition relating to funding for transportation initiatives met state standards for circulation.
    The official ballot title for the initiative petition reads:
    "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
    • increase funding for state, county and municipal street, road, bridge, highway and public transportation initiatives by increasing state sales/use tax by 1%;• prohibit a change in gasoline taxes and prohibit toll roads or bridges; and
    • require these measures to be re-approved by voters every 10 years?"
    The annual increased revenue is estimated to start at $651 million for the state and $72 million for local governments. Expenditures of this revenue is restricted to the purposes outlined in the proposal.
    The petition, which would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Rodney Gray, of Jefferson City.
    Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2014 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to 8 percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.
    Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2014 ballot are due to the secretary of state's office by no later than 5 p.m. May 4, 2014.
    Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general.
    The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general.
    When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

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