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Advocacy Group Wants Higher Gas Prices To Fix Roads

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state’s deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump.

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-dollar-a-year plan is necessary to get a toehold on needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails. The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax. It would add about 14 cents to today’s price of a gallon of gas.

The proposal would also increase vehicle licensing fees.

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