JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -

The Republican-controlled House voted 96-53 on Wednesday for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.   The proposed constitutional amendment now goes 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 Republican members opposed the bill.

A similar measure was passed by the House and Senate last year, but died in the closing days of session when a group of Republican senators blocked a vote.  They argued that the idea runs contrary to the party's small government philosophy.

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Legislature:  Transportation sales tax proposal is HJR68