Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday proposed a 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase to fund road and bridge construction in a state where she says the infrastructure is crumbling.
The proposed 10-cent increase would be phased in over three years and then the state fuel tax would be indexed to keep up with construction costs.
The Republican governor said the state gas tax, which was last increased 27 years ago, has not adequately kept up with the state’s construction and maintenance needs. As a result, she said the state has dangerous and bumpy roadways, obsolete bridges and clogged traffic arteries that hinder the flow of motorists and commerce.