Alabama lawmakers could debate increase in gasoline tax

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers might soon debate a potential increase in the state’s gasoline tax to pay for road and bridge construction. If enacted, it would be the first raise in the state gas tax since 1992.

The Alabama Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee will hold five meetings around the state in January to discuss the idea.

Rep. Mac McCutcheon, the chairman of the committee, said lawmakers want to get input from citizens before heading into session in February.

A bill introduced in the recent special session would have raised the tax by 5 cents per gallon and then adjust the tax up or down another 2 cents higher each year, depending on consumer prices and other factors. But the bill never got a floor vote.

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