Alabama lawmakers could debate a possible gasoline tax increase to fund road and bridge construction when they return to Montgomery in March.
While the specifics of the proposal are still being developed, Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said improving state infrastructure, and an accompanying gas tax, will be a major topic of the session.
Alabama’s current state gas tax of 18 cents a gallon has been unchanged since 1992.
Rep. Bill Poole says Alabama has an infrastructure problem. He says the question is if lawmakers will try to address it.
Jim Page is the president of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and chairman of a business-affiliated group promoting infrastructure development. He says Alabama’s state gas tax is among the lowest in the nation.