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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Missouri House has passed a one-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

The House voted 96-53 Wednesday to send the proposed constitutional amendment to the Senate. If passed there, Missouri voters would need to approve the tax at the November ballot.

State transportation officials estimate the tax would generate $8 billion over its 10-year lifespan. Some of the funds would go to local governments for their transportation needs.

The issue has splintered the Legislature's majority Republican caucus and many House GOP members opposed the bill.

A similar measure was passed by the House and Senate, but died in the closing days of session when a group of Republican senators blocked a vote arguing that it ran contrary to the party's small government philosophy.

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