Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"We're not going to be able to raise gas taxes"

I am quite sure they will be exploring "other" options like tolls and going into debt. Politicians always seem to treat taxpayers as just a temporary obstacle to their ultimate ambitions. If taxpayers don't want a gas tax hike maybe someone should look at he spending side of the balance sheet.


NASHVILLE -- Tennessee road construction needs money, but funding will not come from raising taxes on drivers, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Tuesday.

"We're not going to be able to raise gas taxes, and we know that," said Rep. Phillip Pinion, D-Union City.


Kent Starwalt, executive president of the Tennessee Road Builders Association, testified he supports any way to raise funds for roads, including using public bonds.

Tennessee has traditionally been a "pay as you go" state for transportation funding.

Rep. Pinion said the state has to look at all options.

"I've been against public bonds for 20 years," Rep. Pinion said. "But I don't know. We're going to have to come up with some solutions."