- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia House members continue to debate a package that leaders say raises $1 billion to maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

The House Transportation committee took no action on that proposal Thursday. The bill converts all taxes on gasoline to an excise tax dedicated for transportation. It also eliminates Georgia’s tax credit for electric vehicles.

Representatives for cities remain unhappy with the bill because it sends their share of about $500 million in fuel sales taxes to the state. An organization representing truckers expressed some concerns with the bill at Thursday’s hearing. Several speakers with ties to the Atlanta Tea Party say lawmakers are right to dedicate gas taxes to transportation.

Sponsoring Rep. Jay Roberts, a Republican from Ocilla, says the bill remains a work in progress.

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