Alabama Gas Tax

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Published on March 6, 2019 -

Alabama Gas Tax

Today kicks off the 2019 legislative session in Alabama.

It starts with Governor Kay Ivey and other lawmakers pushing for a gas tax increase.

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Alabama Gas Tax

Today kicks off the 2019 legislative session in alabama.

It starts with governor kay ivey and other lawmakers pushing for a gas tax increase.

Meaning, you'd pay 10-cents more at the pump.

Our jory tally talks to businesses and drivers about the proposal and joins us in the studio with more.

If the governor ivey's plan passes, the gas tax would be phased in over three years.

In year three, the gas tax would be ten cents higher than it is right now for gasoline and diesel fuel.

Ivey believes the full increase would bring-in 300 million, paving the way for smoother highways.

There's talk of costs going up at the pump for alabamians.

Governor kay ivey is pushing a state-wide 10-cent gas tax increase bill during this legislative session.

The bill is already pumping up debate across the state.

Eskridge trucking in vernon, alabama hopes lawmakers will pump the brakes on this bill and look at the impacts it could have on businesses.

"our diesel fuel bill now is probably $15,000 to $20,000 a month already, so fuel is our biggest, well fuel and employees, expense."

Dispatcher and safety director mike gideon says a gas tax hike could lead to higher prices in stores for shoppers.

"it would cost our transportation costs to go up and not only that, everything that's delivered to grocery stores, or any merchandise sold is going to go up.

It's going to and for people in rural areas like this, their income is kind of low anyway compared to most of the state and it's going to be tough on people like that, because everything they go to buy is going to be more expensive."

State leaders say money from the tax spike would spill over to improving roads and bridges across alabama.

It would also support improvements to the port in mobile.

"this is my opinion and i think maybe the big cities like birmingham, huntsville, tuscaloosa ,montgomery, mobile, i'm just afraid that most of the money would go to those places and the mobile docks and stuff like that, even though they say the money is earmarked, i'm concerned about that too."

Susan crotwell believes cranking up the costs on gas wouldn't roll over to where state leaders say it will.

"i don't know what they do with it, but they haven't obviously been fixing the roads in vernon, already so you know, i just don't believe that's what they'll use it for."

Many drivers in vernon agree.

Even the alabama republican party has officially rejected the idea.

Some in montgomery say the proposal is running on fumes.

"gas is too expensive already.

It goes up-and-down for no reason at all that you can see and if i'm going to buy gas, you can see i have a little small car, so i can drive 30 miles to another gas station.

I can drive to mississippi and buy gas if i have to and i will."

Governor kay ivey will deliver the annual state of the state speech at 6:30 at the state capitol.

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