Two Associated Press articles that describe the discussions in Missouri and Indiana trying to address transportation infrastructure needs.

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Missouri: 1-cent sales tax proposed for Mo. Transportation

“Whether you’re a soccer mom or whether you’re the CEO of a major company, transportation is important,” Farber said.

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January 24, 2013

Missouri’s transportation commission chairman proposed Thursday the creation of a dedicated 1-cent sales tax to confront funding shortfalls for roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs.

The plan calls for the 1-cent sales tax to last 10 years with hopes of raising an estimated $7.9 billion during the life of the tax. Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman Rudy Farber said he is seeking a “sustainable, long-term fix for Missouri’s transportation problems.” He said voter approval would be needed to enact the tax and — if approved — to renew it after a decade…

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Indiana: Top senators eye sales tax for road needs

“You put that all together, and you’ve got a big problem that’s going to come upon us. And, to me, we need to be ahead of the curve in solving this problem rather than behind it, because road infrastructure is so important in Indiana,” Kenley said.

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January 24, 2013

Lawmakers wrestling with how to pay for road and highway needs amid a growing funding shortfall are considering using money from the state’s sales tax on gas to pay for transportation projects.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said the General Assembly should consider guaranteeing some or all of the roughly $500 million the tax generates each year. And Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said the state should take a modest chunk from that pool to give to cash-strapped areas…