- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - State officials are looking for ways to bridge a gap in highway funding that is expected to reach $62.7 billion over the next 25 years.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports (https://bit.ly/1MY01PM) the Auditor General’s Office recommends the state form a task force to explore revenue-generating options, like raising a nearly 25-year-old gasoline tax.

Gov. Doug Ducey has said he’s against higher taxes.

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, wants a use or sales tax to replace the 18-cent gasoline tax that hasn’t been adjusted since 1991. The transportation committee chair said it’s difficult to illustrate funding needs to voters who live in areas like Maricopa County, where freeways are generally in good condition.

Adjusting the gas tax in 1992 would have raised $4.3 billion by the end of 2014.

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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, https://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

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