State lawmakers considering gas tax hike

SPRINGFIELD - Central Illinois residents could soon feel more pressure at the pump, as state lawmakers are considering a motor fuel tax rate hike.

Several taxpayers and service station advocates are calling on lawmakers to oppose the possibility of a tax hike, including Illinois Petroleum Marketers' Association Executive Vice President Bill Fleischli.  According to Fleischli, the tax hike will not have a positive impact on the state, and instead giving motorists "an incentive to go across borders to buy" their gas.

Those who support the tax hike say the money could be used to fix damaged and aging roads and bridges.  However, opponents are arguing that Rauner should use funds that are being reallocated to fix roads.

State lawmakers could vote on the tax hike as part of a capital building plan when they return to the Capitol next week.

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