Gov. Ivey: gas tax increase would be “investment in infrastructure”

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama lawmakers could debate a possible gasoline tax increase to fund road and bridge construction when they return to Montgomery in March.

When Governor Kay Ivey was in Mobile last week, she was asked what she thought about a possible tax increase at the pump.

“That’s an investment in infrastructure,” said Ivey.

Ivey said Alabama’s infrastructure needs to be addressed.

“Bottom line is we’ve got to be sure that Alabama has safe roads and bridges so that economic development thrives, so that safety is promoted, and so that industry wants to come to Alabama,” said Ivey.

Local drivers aren’t thrilled about the possibility of a tax increase.

“The gas price was just lowered,” said James Franks. “Raising it up once again is going to hurt some folks pockets.”

Right now the gas tax in Alabama is 18 cents per gallon. It hasn’t been raised since 1992.

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