- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Some lawmakers are suggesting an additional gasoline tax to pay for road and bridge construction and repairs across the state.

The House Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure on Thursday approved a bill that would put a five-cent per gallon tax on fuel and then adjusts the tax up or down by two cents each year, depending on consumer prices and other factors.

Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon says the state desperately needs money to repair roads and bridges.

The increase would raise an estimated $70 million in fiscal year 2016 and $100 million the next year.

The Alabama Department of Transportation, road construction companies and county commissions spoke in favor of the bill. Trucking companies and fuel wholesalers said the automatic indexing would lead to large increases in gasoline prices.

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