Missouri voters continue rejecting taxes

Increase tobacco taxes? Add a cellphone tax? Raise gas taxes? No to all.

Missouri voters in recent decades have eschewed tax increases for a range of things: funding schools and transportation projects, improving 911 service and paying for health care efforts.

The proposals have been defeated narrowly and by sweeping margins; voted down during general elections, primaries and a spring election. And they have been rejected when backers of a previous failed attempt decided to try again.

Passing a tax increase in Missouri has proven to be awfully difficult, no matter the tax or the destination for the extra cash.

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