Illinois lawmaker wants gas tax revenue to fund capital construction

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SPRINGFIELD -  An Illinois lawmaker is planning to file legislation that would use revenue generated by the state's sales tax on gas to pay for a capital construction program.

One Wednesday, State Representative Elanie Nekritz said that her proposal would mean $400 million for construction projects next year and $800 million in additional years.

Illinois' sales tax on gasoline is 6.25 percent, and the state's share of that tax money currently is sent to the state's general revenue fund.  However, Nekritz's legislation would divert that money to capital construction if an extension of the state's individual income tax increase is approved.
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