Could Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Next Year?

Posted at 10:33 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 23:46:39-05

Could you see an increase in gas prices in the near future, and would you be willing to pay more if it could mean a quicker drive home from work?

Those are the questions the state legislature will be considering this year as they ask if a gas tax hike is a good idea.

It's a proposal that Gov. Bill Haslam has floated for years -- an increased gas tax to pay for road improvements, with billions of dollars needed over the next 25 years.

A gas tax increase has had trouble making its way through the legislature in recent years, but some are warming to the idea.

That includes House Majority Leader Glen Casada, who said today he's in favor of improving roads by finding a steady source of funds.

“At the end of the day it goes back to ‘How does it affect me?’” said Casada.  “If you're spending an hour and a half in line getting home or going to work versus 30 to 40 minutes, that's costly.”

Casada says there will likely be several different bills filed this legislative session on ways to bring more money to Tennessee's roads.