ST. LOUIS – Missouri voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast a ballot in hundreds of races across the state.
There are five proposed constitutional amendments. One of those is Amendment 7. If passed, the Missouri Department of Transportation will get millions of dollars each year for construction projects.
Voters will be asked how to pay for the upkeep of Missouri roads and bridges, and if they are comfortable with a sales tax increase.
If it passes, Amendment 8 would raise state sales tax three-quarters of a cent, giving MoDOT $480 million each year. Over 10 years, projects in the St. Louis region would receive nearly $1.5 billion and funding improvements, including 64 bridge projects.
Here's how the sales tax increase would look like:
- St. Louis would increase from 8.67 percent to 9.42 percent.
- Florissant would increase from 8.11 percent to 8.86 percent.
- Webster Groves from 8.61 to 9.36 percent.
A group called Missourians for Better Transportation solutions disagrees with a sales tax to raise transportation funds. Instead, they point to a user tax or a gas tax.
The representative behind Amendment 7 says a gas tax would raise a gallon of gas about $0.18 if they're trying to raise the amount of money they are with this proposal.
Another contentious issue is Amendment 1, the so-called "right to farm" bill, and you've likely seen the commercials debating this amendment.
Supporters say it will protect family farmers and ranchers from government over-reach, but critics say it helps large, factory farms and could open the door to increased foreign ownership.
The Missouri Farm Bureau and big ag companies are backing Amendment 1. Meanwhile, the Humane Society of Missouri is campaigning against it. It feels "right to farm" could be used to weaken anti-puppy mill laws.
Turn out is not expected to be very high for Tuesday's election, and only a simple majority is required to pass an amendment to the constitution.
Amendment 7 explained: