Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

June 2012
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Bill would raise motor fuels tax rate

FRANKFORT - Kentucky's motor fuels tax would rise under a bill advanced Tuesday by a key House committee, which endorsed restoring a higher rate in place last year to generate more revenue for transportation projects statewide.

The measure would increase the tax at the pump by 1.5 cents a gallon from the current level, which automatically took effect at the start of 2014.

The tax is scheduled to drop another seven-tenths of a cent per gallon on April 1 without the proposed change.

The bill, part of a broader revenue measure, would adjust the formula that helps set the tax on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol.

Gov. Steve Beshear proposed the change in January to supply additional revenue for road and bridge work across the state.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee endorsed the change Tuesday while passing the revenue measure.

"I can't imagine ... how we can keep our roads in any kind condition if we cut that tax," said Rep. Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville.

The bill next goes to the full Democratic-run House for a vote that could come as soon as Wednesday. It then would shift to the Republican-led Senate.

It's seen as a companion to the state budget proposal, which the committee also sent to the full House on Tuesday.

The proposed $20.3 billion, two-year state budget closely resembles the governor's spending recommendations.

The House version maintains Beshear's request to increase the main state funding formula for kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms. It proposes more funding for textbooks and preschools but at lower amounts than Beshear recommended.

It proposes pay raises for state employees, teachers and other school workers.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha a40de6afc8ce46279d54a91f740209c9
Top Classifieds
  • Hummel Figurines, Bells & Platesi ... Details
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in plasti ... Details
  • RUNNING, fixable, junk vehicles, equi ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't b ... Details
This Week In Photos
Most Popular
  1. November among wettest, warmest
  2. Man found dead was to be witness in case
  3. EU, Turkey seek better relations at summit
  1. Man found dead was to be witness in case
  2. McCracken District Court
  3. Man arrested after crashing in field
  1. November among wettest, warmest
  2. No rescue in sight for state retirement system
  3. Man found dead was to be witness in case

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...