Alabama lawmakers aim to increase gas tax in 2019

Noting that Alabama has not passed a state gas tax since 1992, newly-elected Gov. Kay Ivey, House Speaker Mac McCutheon and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh say that improving and adding capacity to the states roads and bridges is a top priority, says a report in al.com.

“We’ve talked about this for three years,” McCutcheon tells the news site. “The traffic congestion on our major arteries is getting to the point that it’s holding up travel times. So at the end of the day, we’ve got to address this.”

The state added a nickel-a-gallon increase in 1992. A 2017 failed attempt  would have increased state gas taxes by 4 cents in 2017, 2 cents in 2019 and an additional 3 cents in 2024.

It’s still undetermined how much of an gas tax increase would be called for in the new proposal, which will likely be introduced in March.