State Lawmakers Grapple With Georgia’s Infrastructure Needs | WABE 90.1 FM

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State Lawmakers Grapple With Georgia’s Infrastructure Needs | WABE 90.1 FM

As lawmakers look to meet those needs, committee co-chairman Sen. Steve Gooch, R- Dahlonega, said all funding options are on the table.

“Part of the challenge is that people don’t want to see increased taxes, and we’re not necessarily asking today to increase taxes. We’re going to look at what is our current tax structure, how can we make it better and how can we make the dollar go further.”

Following Golden’s presentation, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said raising the motor fuel tax, both on the state and federal level, will help Georgia stay competitive in the global economy.

“If you’re going to continue attract business, attract economic development, provide jobs for people that you represent, we have to deal with this infrastructure program. We have to have the resources,” said LaHood. “If America is going to be number one we need an increase in the gas tax which hasn’t been raised in two decades.”

The federal gas tax is set at 18.4 cents per gallon and is the primary revenue source for the Highway Trust Fund. Because the tax hasn’t changed since 1993, the fund has teetered on insolvency for years.

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