Lawmaker to propose gas tax increase

Published: 12/31/200 7:08 AM

SPRINGFIELD -- State drivers would pay 8 cents more per gallon for gas under a plan by a southern Illinois lawmaker.

State Rep. John Bradley wants to use the money to pay for a road construction program. The Marion Democrat says he'll push the plan when the Legislature meets again in January.

His proposal would fund about $7 billion in road construction. The 8 cents would be a 42 percent increase over the current 19-cent state gas tax.

Plans for a statewide capital construction program have long been stalled in the Legislature as lawmakers squabbled over funding.

It's unclear if Bradley's plan will have much support, even with low gas prices.