MAPLESVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is proposing a 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase to fund road and bridge construction in a state where she says the infrastructure is crumbling.
Ivey says the tax hike would be implemented over three years and indexed to construction costs.
Ivey made the announcement Wednesday in front of a 55-year-old bridge in the central Alabama town of Maplesville.
Ivey says infrastructure spending is an investment in the state's future, job recruitment and safe roadways.
House and Senate leaders are expressing their support. Republican House Speaker Mac McCutcheon says the gas tax increase isn't the "easy thing," but it's the "right thing."
The proposed gas tax increase will be the dominant issue of the 2019 legislative session.