On Wednesday, WEIS Radio News had an opportunity to speak with State Senator Andrew Jones concerning the Gas Tax increase being proposed by Governor Kay Ivey.
Governor Ivey is proposing a ten cent increase, six cents initially and then a two cent and two cent increase over the next two years. Jones pointed out that the gas tax in Alabama has not been adjusted since 1992.
Many constituents have questions and concerns about some the hidden language contained within the bill. Senator Jones told us that he is not convinced that this proposed increase will fully meet the needs of the District.
Senator Jones went on to say that accountability with the Department of Transportation is a huge component. Jones said that there is a bill that is being presented on the Senate floor that will hold ALDOT more accountable, bring some additional transparency and require them to submit proposals before the legislature which would allow legislators to see how they intend to spend revenues from the gas tax.
Jones said that the government needs to be able to show the people that they are accountable, transparent and money is being used appropriately and that local constituents are going to be able to benefit from the gas tax increase.
Senator Jones stated that he has some reservations about the proposal.
Some of the concerns constituents have had regarding the bill includes hidden language that proposes a $13 fee for passenger vehicles, a $7 fee for motorcycles, an additional tag fee that would increase $5 every four years with no cap and restrictions on Hybrid and Electric vehicles, Jones addressed those concern.
The Alabama House of Representatives and Alabama Senate on Tuesday evening recessed the regular session until March 19 to give time for the special session. We will provide frequent updates on the status of that session as it takes place next Tuesday.