Gas Station Owners Oppose Possible Fuel Tax Hike

Apr 14, 2014

Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals being talked about that would increase the state's fuel tax.

Credit WSIU Radio

Industry officials will formally oppose any such plans by the legislature during a news conference Monday afternoon at the state Capitol. They say increasing the gas tax in a tough economy would hurt drivers and businesses owners.

Two weeks ago, a state transportation group unveiled their plan for funding road construction and public transit. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition's proposal included increasing the gas tax by 4 cents. They also called for higher vehicle registration fees and ending the ethanol credit for gasoline.  Funding from the state's five–year capital construction program is set to run out this year.

The state gas tax hasn't been increased since 1990.