Appeals Court Dismisses Gas Tax Lawsuit

Appeals Court Dismisses Gas Tax Lawsuit
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A Missouri appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit that would remove a gas tax measure from the November 6 ballot.

The suit filed by a Republican lawmaker and the director of “Missouri First” brought into question the legality of the measure.

“Missouri First” director Ron Calzone says lawmakers unconstitutionally changed the bill’s original intent, which dealt with an Olympic medalist tax break.

Judge Victor Howard wrote that the lawsuit needs to wait until after the gas tax hike goes before voters.

Calzone said court challenges should be addressed before the state incurs election expenses. Calzone says he will appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

If approved the tax increase would pay for road and bridge repairs and fund the Highway Patrol.