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.
legislative session is scheduled to end June 2.