- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan for road construction involves $2 billion for 94 projects around Tennessee over the next three years.

The Republican governor has been making a case for increasing the state’s gas tax for the first time since 1989 as a way to help cover a $6 billion backlog in transportation project funding. Haslam has said that roads cost three times as much to build since the tax was last increased and that drivers pay less because of better fuel mileage.

But lawmakers have been reluctant to take up the measure in an election year, and the governor has acknowledged that a gas tax is unlikely to be considered this year. Meanwhile, Haslam has agreed to direct an additional $142 million to road funding this year.


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