Springfield lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1939, increasing taxes and fees.
Specifically, the bill:
· Doubles the state gas tax from 19 cents/gallon to 38 cents/gallon, plus automatic inflation increases every year.
· Increases the standard vehicle sticker fee by a minimum of $50 per car, which is more than a 50% increase.
· Increases electric vehicle fees from $17 to $248 per year
· Allocates spending toward a massive capitol bill, without any reform on the way lawmakers spend the money.
· Diverts more than 20% of gas tax revenues away from road projects.
Lawmakers refused to consider reforms that would mandate the state spend existing dollars better, which could have eliminated a need to hike taxes and fees. Other alternative solutions they should have considered include:
· Repealing unnecessary and costly regulatory requirements, such as Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wage Act, and project labor agreements.
· Providing additional flexibility to the localities for construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.
· Reserving private and taxpayer-funded infrastructure dollars for construction by streamlining and rolling back overly burdensome regulations, permitting processes and other red tape.
· Limiting the use federal, state and local gas tax dollars to their core purpose of building and maintaining our roads.
Send lawmakers a message today, holding them accountable for voting to hike taxes and fees, and encourage them to vote for better solutions in the future.