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After tax defeat, what next for Missouri roads?

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Missouri voters have said they don't want to hike sales taxes to pay for roads and other transportation projects. But what happens next?

State transportation officials don't appear to have any immediate Plan B for plugging a looming gap between the state's available highway funding and its anticipated needs.

The defeat of the transportation tax in Tuesday's primary elections marked the second time in a dozen years that Missouri voters have turned down a major highway tax plan.

The measure commanded the most votes on a ballot that lacked competitive races for the top statewide and congressional offices.

The Republican-led Legislature, which referred the transportation tax to the ballot, nonetheless scored a significant victory. Republicans won two of three special elections to regain a veto-proof majority in the Missouri House.

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