The House has spoken, votes 83-20 in favor of state gas tax increase

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The Alabama House on Friday voted 83-20 in favor of Gov. Kay Ivey‘s plan to raise the state’s gas tax by 10 cents as a means to fund infrastructure improvements.

“Every hard-working Alabamian will be impacted by this is the form of safer roads, bus routes, job opportunities, and first responders in moments of disaster or distress,” said Tuscaloosa-Republican, State Rep. Bill Poole, the sponsor of the bill according to the Montgomery-Advertiser.  “It will affect my children. It will affect your children, and it will affect all the children in the state.”

The 10-cent gas tax increase would be phased in over the next three years. The bill also includes fees for electric and hybrid vehicles.

The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate for consideration.

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