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VOL. 39 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 6, 2015

Haslam: Gas tax proposal won't be ready until next year

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee needs to "do something" about its tax on gasoline, but that he won't be in a position to make a proposal until next year.

Haslam told publishers and editors at a Tennessee Press Association luncheon on Thursday that the best that could be hoped for this legislative session would be "a Band-Aid on the funding side" that wouldn't address fundamental shortages in the way the state pays for road building and maintenance.

Tennessee's 21.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax hasn't been raised in 25 years, and a recent report from the state comptroller's office found the state's fuel taxes are insufficient to maintain existing infrastructure and meet long-term transportation needs.

Haslam says he wants to draw up a 10-year comprehensive plan.

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