Texans push for 10-cent state fuel tax increase

| Thursday, January 16, 2003

According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, Texas transportation advocacy groups are expected to push state lawmakers for a 10-cent fuel tax increase during the Legislature’s 2003 session.

To gain support, the groups likely will point to the state Transportation Department’s often-cited estimate that it can pay for only 36 percent of the projects it already knows it needs, the newspaper reported.

The tax increase is described as a “long shot at best,” but the newspaper said it expected that effort to lead to discussions about a local-option sales tax dedicated to transportation, which would require a constitutional amendment to raise the state tax cap.

This year’s legislative session is scheduled to end June 2.

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