Vote on Tax Is April 8

The voters of Missouri have spoken, approving a hike in the minimum wage, but rejecting propositions to raise taxes on gasoline and one of three medical marijuana questions. 

Gasoline Tax Rejected

Proposition D would have imposed a new gasoline tax on fuel sales to fund law enforcement and Missouri road projects.

The measure was designed to raise the gasoline tax by 2 1/2 cents each year for the next five, bringing it to a total of 27 cents.

If passed, the measure was estimated to generate at least $288 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for the funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance.

Voters statewide rejected the tax increase by a 53 to 46 percent margin, with 1,274,099 voting against and 1,101,830 in favor of.

In Franklin County, despite endorsements by several municipalities and government entities, voters rejected the gasoline tax by a margin of 54 to 45 percent.

Overall, Proposition D had 23,036 Franklin County votes against it and 19,379 in favor of.

Minimum Wage Rising

The issue of raising the minimum wage has been on the forefront nationwide for many years, in most cases to $15 per hour.

Proposition B asked Missouri voters to approve raising the statewide minimum wage to $12 per hour in graduated, 85-cents-per-hour increases, each year until 2023, increases beginning with $8.60 in 2019.

It  also will increase the penalty on employers for paying employees less than the minimum wage.

Statewide, voters approved Proposition B by a resounding 62 to 37 percent margin, with 1,488,368 votes in favor of raising the minimum wage and 1,079,356 against.

In Franklin County, voters approved the wage hike by a 56 to 43 percent margin with 23,825 votes in favor of and 18,592 against.

Prop C Rejected

In addition to voters being asked about two medical marijuana constitutional amendments, Proposition C would have amended Missouri statutes to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes under state laws.

Despite an amendment being approved Tuesday that will legalize medical marijuana in Missouri, this proposition was rejected.

Statewide, Prop C was rejected by a 56 to 43 percent margin, with 1,339,299 votes in favor and 1,031,371 against.

In Franklin County, voters rejected Prop C by a wider 60 to 39 percent margin, with 25,507 votes against and 16,554 in favor.