Sen. Stouffer defends tax plan in Missouri congressional bid

Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 4:54 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Bill Stouffer says his support of a $7 billion tax increase for Missouri roads shows he won't back away from tough decisions if elected to Congress.

The Republican from Napton kicked off his campaign to challenge 16-term Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton by criticizing "big-government spending" in Washington.

But the Missouri Democratic Party says Stouffer's words are undercut by his proposal to increase the state sales tax to rebuild Missouri's main interstate highways.

Stouffer on Thursday defended his 2007 tax proposal as "a discussion starter" and said funding infrastructure is one of government's main purposes.

Other Republicans in the race are former state Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Harrisonville; James Scholz, an Army veteran who owns a computer security business in Warrensburg; and former Jefferson City councilman Roy Viessman.


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