has joined the ever-expanding list of states to push for a fuel
tax increase to help generate transportation revenue.
pieces of legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly
would increase the state’s diesel and gas taxes by 5 cents a gallon.
SB1893, sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, and HB2059, sponsored
by Rep. John C. Tidwell, D-New Johnsonville, the state’s diesel
tax would climb from 17 cents to 22 cents a gallon. Gasoline would
climb from 20 cents a gallon to 25 cents.
would be deposited into the state’s highway fund.
is the legislative intent that the state allocate and devote resources
to the development of highways in rural areas of the state,” Jackson
and Tidwell wrote. “Such development shall be designed to create
greater ease of transportation and convenience for citizens of rural
areas and persons traveling in those areas.”
states have introduced legislation this year to boost fuel taxes
while other states are expected to debate possible increases.
are trying to create transportation funding at a time when state
governments are cutting their overall budgets and canceling or suspending
Spencer, OOIDA executive vice president, recently said the trend
was unlikely to slow anytime soon.
state is coping with a shortfall,” he said. “States are looking
at almost every possible source to boost revenue. Unfortunately,
we as truckers, operating in many states, are going to have our
hands full at the state and federal level.”
issue Spencer says must be stressed: “Every state should use highway-user
taxes specifically and exclusively for repair and maintenance of
the highway system without the diversion that is common.”
Keith Goble, staff writer