Gas station owners oppose proposed fuel tax hike

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals for a fuel tax hike being floated in Springfield this year.

The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association will announce its opposition to the plan at a news conference on Monday afternoon at the state Capitol. Gas retailers say increasing the gas tax in a tough economy would hurt drivers and businesses owners.

Two weeks ago, a state transportation group unveiled its plan for funding road construction and public transit. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition's proposal included increasing the gas tax by 4 cents. They also called for higher vehicle registration fees and ending the ethanol credit for gasoline.

Funding from the state's five-year capital construction program is set to run out this year. The state gas tax hasn't been increased since 1990.

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