From WDRB: Kentucky lawmakers eye gas tax hike for road work

Chad LaRueBlog, News

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky lawmakers are weighing higher gas taxes to help shore up a road funding system that, despite the state’s economic recovery, is generating less money than it has in the past.

A proposal to raise the taxes failed in last year’s General Assembly and has not yet been re-introduced during the 2019 legislative session that began last week. But some lawmakers say the looming issue cannot be ignored.

“We’ve got to act on it,” said Rep. Sal Santoro, chairman of the House budget review subcommittee on transportation. “Time is running out, and I know that no one likes any increase, but our No. 1 concern is safety.”

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