Rise in Gas Prices?



Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state's deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump.
 
The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-dollar-a-year plan is necessary to get a toehold on needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails.
 
The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax. It would add about 14 cents to today's price of a gallon of gas.
 
Coalition co-chairman Doug Whitley laid out the plan for the AP in advance of making it public.
 
The proposal would also increase vehicle licensing fees.
 
Bill Fleishli (FLYESH'-lee) of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association says the fuel tax would hurt business.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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