Q&A: Road Proponents Question Pritzker’s Gas-Tax Freeze Plan

Q&A: Road Proponents Question Pritzker’s Gas-Tax Freeze Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois’ governor wants to provide some relief to pocketbook-pinched consumers.

Gas averages $3.60 per gallon and inflation is at its highest rate since 1982. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat facing reelection this year, has proposed freezing the motor fuel tax, which is scheduled to jump 2 cents on July 1.

It’s part of a state budget plan that offers other tax relief, too. The gas tax increase helps pay for the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois construction plan approved in 2019. Pritzker said a freeze would cost $135 million and not affect next year’s projects.

Transportation advocates said roads and bridges in the state have waited so long to be fixed that the lost revenue is a “big problem.”

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