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GAS TAX BILL RUNS OUT OF FUEL IN KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE
Marcus Green, March 15, 2019
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) – For the second straight year, a bill to raise Kentucky’s gas tax has died in the state legislature.
House Bill 517 stalled in a House committee and wasn’t added to conference committees of House and Senate negotiators who hashed out tax and spending measures this week.
House Speaker David Osborne said Thursday that he was willing to move an infrastructure bill forward only with bipartisan backing. The gas tax plan had “significant support” among the House’s majority Republicans, he said, but Democrats weren’t in favor.
“While we have enough votes in our caucus to pass it on our own, we’re not going to,” Osborne said. “Democrats need roads too.”
But one of the bipartisan bill’s co-sponsors, Democratic Rep. Russ Meyer of Nicholasville, countered Friday morning that the measure had “plenty of support” among Democrats and said he believed it didn’t advance in the House because it was likely to fail in the Senate.
“The reality is pointing a finger at a Democrat or a Republican is the wrong thing to do,” Meyer said. “We need to do this for all of Kentucky.”
Meanwhile, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin told elected local officials last week that the gas tax proposal didn’t go far enough and suggested it doesn’t generate enough revenue.
“We need the money,” the governor said during the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association’s spring convention in Louisville, responding to a question about the bill. “But it needs to be something more comprehensive.” READ MORE HERE
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