Alabama Senate passes plan to raise gas tax

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. ( — A plan to raise Alabama’s fuel taxes by 10 cents over three years to increase funding for roads completed its steady march through the Legislature today and is on its way to Gov. Kay Ivey to sign into law.

The Alabama Senate passed the main bill by a vote of 28-6.

Today’s vote marked a continuation of the bipartisan support for a plan Ivey and Republican legislative leaders called their top priority. Ivey called a special session to handle the issue and the legislation passed within the minimum five days.

t passed the House by a vote of 84-20 last week and won approval in a Senate committee by a vote of 12-0 on Monday.

The plan would raise an estimated $320 million a year for road construction and maintenance. About $12 million a year would go to a project to improve the shipping channel in the port of Mobile.

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