Lawmaker to Propose Gas Tax Increase

Wednesday, Dec 31, 2008  |  Updated 9:45 PM CDT
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Lawmaker to Propose Gas Tax Increase

An 8-cent increase to the gas tax could mean an additional $7 billion for road construction.

State drivers would pay 8 cents more per gallon for gas under a plan by a southern Illinois lawmaker.

State Rep. John Bradley wants to use the money to pay for a road construction program.

The Marion Democrat says he'll push the plan when the Legislature meets again in January.

His proposal would fund about $7 billion in road construction.

The 8 cents would be a 42 percent increase over the current 19-cent state gas tax.

Plans for a statewide capital construction program have long been stalled in the legislature as lawmakers squabbled over funding.

It's unclear if Bradley's plan will have much support, even with low gas prices.

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